Dreams of a Final Theory: The Scientist's Search for the Ultimate Laws of Nature

Dreams of a Final Theory: The Scientist's Search for the Ultimate Laws of Nature
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January 1994 by Vintage (first published February 1st 1992)
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340 pages
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“Unusually well written and informative…Weinberg is one of the world's most creative theoretical phsyicist.” —Martin Gardner, Washington Post Book World In Dreams of a Final Theory, Stephen Weinberg, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and bestselling author of The First Three Minutes describes the grand quest for a unifying theory of nature—one that can explain forces as different as the cohesion inside the atom and the gravitational tug between the sun and the earth.

Writing with dazzling elegance and clarity, he retraces the steps that have led modern scientists from relativity and quantum mechanics to the notion of superstrings and the idea that our universe may coexist with others. But Weinberg asks as many questions as he answers, among them: Why does each explanation of the way nature works point to the other, deeper explanations? Why are the best theories not only logical but beautiful? And what implications will a final theory have for our philosophy and religious faith? Intellectually daring, rich in anecdote and aphorism, Dreams of a Final Theory launches us into a new cosmos and helps us make sense of what we find there. “This splendid book is as good reading about physics and physicists as this reviewer can name…clear, honest, and brilliantly instructive.” —Philip Morrison, Scientific American

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