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Visions of Discovery
New Light on Physics, Cosmology, and Consciousness

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Charles H. Townes, Freeman J. Dyson, Roy J. Glauber, John L. Hall, Theodore W. Hänsch, Wolfgang Ketterle, John L. Heilbron, Peter L. Galison, Michio Kaku, Frank Wilczek, Yakir Aharonov, Jeffrey Tollaksen, David J. Gross, Anthony J. Leggett, Raphael Bousso, Steven S. Gubser, Adrian T. Lee, Marc Kamionkowski, Saul Perlmutter, Reinhard Genzel, Antoine Labeyrie, Raymond Y. Chiao, Brian G. Keating, Ahmed H. Zewail, Steven Chu, J. Ignacio Cirac, Marvin L. Cohen, Jun Ye, Marin Soljačić, George F. R. Ellis, Anton Zeilinger, Gerald M. Edelman, Christof Koch, Klaus Hepp, Robert C. Bishop, Nancy L. Cartwright, Nancey Murphy, Max Tegmark, Paul C. W. Davies, Vaclav Smil, William T. Newsome, Robert J. Russell, Gerald Gabrielse
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  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521882392

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  • World-leading researchers, including Nobel Laureates and rising young stars, examine some of the most important and fundamental questions at the forefronts of modern science, philosophy, and theology, taking into account recent discoveries from a range of fields. This fascinating book is ideal for anyone seeking answers to deep questions about the universe and human life. The remarkable career of Charles H. Townes, inventor of the maser and laser for which he shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics, has spanned seven decades. His interests have ranged from the origin of the Universe to the structure of molecules, always focusing on the nature of human life. Honoring his work, this book explores the most basic questions of science, philosophy, and the nature of existence: How did the Universe begin? Why do the fundamental constants of nature have the values they do? What is human consciousness, and do we have free will?

    • Explores the most basic questions in science and philosophy such as: How did the Universe begin? What is human consciousness? ... and others
    • Contains contributions from world-leading researchers, including Nobel Laureates and rising young stars
    • Discusses recent discoveries in physics, astrophysics, cosmology, and neuroscience, and the application of scientific discovery to human life
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    "This unparalleled book is a must-read by any scientist interested in acquiring the most recent knowledge in optics, quantum mechanics, astrophysics or the delicate issues of consciousness, free will and ultimate reality."
    Optics and Photonics News, Daniela Dragoman

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    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521882392
    • length: 826 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 179 x 41 mm
    • weight: 1.75kg
    • contains: 185 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Foreword Charles H. Townes
    Editors' preface
    Preface Freeman J. Dyson
    Laureates' preface: reflections from four physics Nobelists Roy J. Glauber, John L. Hall, Theodore W. Hänsch and Wolfgang Ketterle
    Acknowledgments
    Part I. Illumination: The History and Future of Physical Science and Technology:
    1. A short history of light in the Western world John L. Heilbron
    2. Tools and innovation Peter L. Galison
    3. The future of science Freeman J. Dyson
    4. The end of everything: will AI replace humans? Will everything die when the universe freezes over? Michio Kaku
    Part II. Fundamental Physics and Quantum Mechanics:
    5. Fundamental constants Frank Wilczek
    6. New insights on time symmetry in quantum mechanics Yakir Aharonov and Jeffrey Tollaksen
    7. The major unknowns in particle physics and cosmology David J. Gross
    8. The major unknown in quantum mechanics: Is it the whole truth? Anthony J. Leggett
    9. Precision cosmology and the landscape Raphael Bousso
    10. Hairy black holes, phase transitions, and AdS/CFT Steven S. Gubser
    Part III. Astrophysics and Astronomy:
    11. The microwave background: a cosmic time machine Adrian T. Lee
    12. Dark matter and dark energy Marc Kamionkowski
    13. New directions and intersections for observational cosmology: the case of dark energy Saul Perlmutter
    14. Inward bound: high-resolution astronomy and the quest for black holes and extrasolar planets Reinhard Genzel
    15. Searching for signatures of life beyond the solar system: astrophysical interferometry and the 150 km Exo-Earth Imager Antoine Labeyrie
    16. New directions for gravitational wave physics via 'Millikan oil drops' Raymond Y. Chiao
    17. An 'ultrasonic' image of the embryonic universe: CMB polarization tests of the inflationary paradigm Brian G. Keating
    Part IV. New Approaches in Technology and Science:
    18. Visualizing complexity: development of 4D microscopy and diffraction for imaging in space and time Ahmed H. Zewail
    19. Is life based on laws of physics? Steven Chu
    20. Quantum information J. Ignacio Cirac
    21. Emergence in condensed matter physics Marvin L. Cohen
    22. Achieving the highest spectral resolution over the widest spectral bandwidth: precision measurement meets ultrafast science Jun Ye
    23. Wireless non-radiative energy transfer Marin Soljačić
    Part V. Consciousness and Free Will:
    24. The big picture: exploring questions on the boundaries of science – consciousness and free will George F. R. Ellis
    25. Quantum entanglement: from fundamental questions to quantum communication and quantum computation and back Anton Zeilinger
    26. Consciousness, body, and brain: the matter of the mind Gerald M. Edelman
    27. The relation between quantum mechanics and higher brain functions: lessons from quantum computation and neurobiology Christof Koch and Klaus Hepp
    28. Free will and the causal closure of physics Robert C. Bishop
    29. Natural laws and the closure of physics Nancy L. Cartwright
    30. Anti-Cartesianism and downward causation: reshaping the free-will debate Nancey Murphy
    31. Can we understand free will? Charles H. Townes
    Part VI. Reflections on the Big Questions: Mind, Matter. Mathematics, and Ultimate Reality:
    32. The big picture: exploring questions on the boundaries of science – mind, matter, mathematics George F. R. Ellis
    33. The mathematical universe Max Tegmark
    34. Where do the laws of physics come from? Paul C. W. Davies
    35. Science, energy, ethics, and civilization Vaclav Smil
    36. Life of science, life of faith William T. Newsome
    37. The science of light and the light of science: an appreciative theological reflection on the life and work of Charles Hard Townes Robert J. Russell
    38. Two quibbles about 'ultimate' Gerald Gabrielse
    Index.

  • Editors

    Raymond Y. Chiao, University of California, Merced
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    Marvin L. Cohen, University of California, Berkeley
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    Anthony J. Leggett, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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    William D. Phillips, Joint Quantum Institute
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    Charles L. Harper, Jr., American University System and Vision-Five.com Consulting
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    Contributors

    Charles H. Townes, Freeman J. Dyson, Roy J. Glauber, John L. Hall, Theodore W. Hänsch, Wolfgang Ketterle, John L. Heilbron, Peter L. Galison, Michio Kaku, Frank Wilczek, Yakir Aharonov, Jeffrey Tollaksen, David J. Gross, Anthony J. Leggett, Raphael Bousso, Steven S. Gubser, Adrian T. Lee, Marc Kamionkowski, Saul Perlmutter, Reinhard Genzel, Antoine Labeyrie, Raymond Y. Chiao, Brian G. Keating, Ahmed H. Zewail, Steven Chu, J. Ignacio Cirac, Marvin L. Cohen, Jun Ye, Marin Soljačić, George F. R. Ellis, Anton Zeilinger, Gerald M. Edelman, Christof Koch, Klaus Hepp, Robert C. Bishop, Nancy L. Cartwright, Nancey Murphy, Max Tegmark, Paul C. W. Davies, Vaclav Smil, William T. Newsome, Robert J. Russell, Gerald Gabrielse

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