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Three Roads to Quantum Gravity

By Lee Smolin

  • Edition: REV
  • ISBN13: 9780465094547
  • Pub Date: 08/08/2017 | Price: $16.99 / $21.99 CAN
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • 272 Pages
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About the Book

"It would be hard to imagine a better guide to this difficult subject."

--Scientific American

In Three Roads to Quantum Gravity, Lee Smolin provides an accessible overview of the attempts to build a final "theory of everything." He explains in simple terms what scientists are talking about when they say the world is made from exotic entities such as loops, strings, and black holes and tells the fascinating stories behind these discoveries: the rivalries, epiphanies, and intrigues he witnessed firsthand.

"A mix of science, philosophy and science fiction, [this] is at once entertaining, thought-provoking, fabulously ambitious and fabulously speculative." -The New York Times

"Provocative, original, and unsettling." -The New York Review of Books

"An excellent writer, a creative thinker."-Nature

About the Author

Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who has been since 2001 a founding and senior faculty member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Royal Society of Canada, Smolin was awarded the 2009 Klopsteg Memorial Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers and in 2008 was voted 21st on a list of the 100 most influential public intellectuals by Prospect and Foreign Policy Magazines. He is again on that list in 2015. This year Marina Cortes and he were also awarded the Inaugural Buchalter Cosmology Prize. He is the author of more than 150 scientific papers and numerous essays and writings for the public on science, as well as four books.