Third Thoughts

 
 
The Belknap Press
  • erschienen am 31. August 2018
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 223 Seiten
978-0-674-97532-3 (ISBN)
 
A wise, personal, and wide-ranging meditation on science and society by the Nobel Prize-winning author of To Explain the World.

For more than four decades, one of the most captivating and celebrated science communicators of our time has challenged the public to think carefully about the foundations of nature and the inseparable entanglement of science and society. In Third Thoughts Steven Weinberg casts a wide net: from the cosmological to the personal, from astronomy, quantum mechanics, and the history of science to the limitations of current knowledge, the art of discovery, and the rewards of getting things wrong.

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and author of the classic The First Three Minutes, Weinberg shares his views on some of the most fundamental and fascinating aspects of physics and the universe. But he does not seclude science behind disciplinary walls, or shy away from politics, taking on what he sees as the folly of manned spaceflight, the harms of inequality, and the importance of public goods. His point of view is rationalist, realist, reductionist, and devoutly secularist.

Weinberg is that great rarity, a prize-winning physicist who is entertaining and accessible. The essays in Third Thoughts, some of which appear here for the first time, will engage, provoke, and inform-and never lose sight of the human dimension of scientific discovery and its consequences for our endless drive to probe the workings of the cosmos.
  • Englisch
  • Cambridge, Mass.
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  • USA
Harvard University Press
  • Höhe: 221 mm
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  • Breite: 149 mm
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  • Dicke: 27 mm
  • 397 gr
978-0-674-97532-3 (9780674975323)
0674975324 (0674975324)
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Steven Weinberg won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his theory unifying two forces of nature, laying the foundation for the Standard Model of subatomic physics. His other awards include the National Medal of Science and eighteen honorary degrees. Among Weinberg's books are the classic The First Three Minutes and To Explain the World. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and teaches at the University of Texas.
Steve Weinberg's essays are fascinating and thought-provoking as always. Readers will find a lot to think about on a wide range of topics.--Edward Witten, Institute for Advanced Study The phrase 'public intellectual' is much bandied about. Just a few real heavyweights in the world merit the title, and Steven Weinberg is preeminent among them. His collection ranges from deep science on the very frontier of human comprehension, through his trenchant views on public policy, to history and the arts. Compelling reading.--Richard Dawkins This collection is an easily digestible glimpse into the mind of a thoughtful scientific communicator and shows the truly all-encompassing nature of theoretical physics.--Andrea Gawrylewski"Scientific American" (08/01/2018) Weinberg has a knack for capturing a complex concept in a succinct, unforgettable image...[He's] one of the smartest and most diligent scientists around.--Robert Crease"Nature" (08/02/2018) This book should be read not only for its insightful and illuminating explanations of a wide range of physical phenomena but also for the opportunity it affords to follow the wanderings of a brilliant mind through topics ranging from high-energy physics and the makeup of the cosmos to poetry, and from the history and philosophy of science to the dangers of economic inequality...[A] captivating book.--Mario Livio"Science" (07/30/2018) Weinberg's finest collection yet--chock-full of informative content, wise opinion, and intelligent comment. He is an extreme rarity--a great physicist whose writings are entertaining and accessible for both experts and non-specialists. Superb.--Graham Farmelo, author of The Strangest Man

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