The Life of the Cosmos offers a theory of the universe that is radically different from anything proposed before. It departs from contemporary physicists to explore the idea that the laws of nature may be the partial result of a process of natural selection that occurred before the Big Bang. In The Life of the Cosmos, Lee Smolin offers a theory of the universe that is radically different from anything proposed before. He argues that 'The underlying structure of our world is to be found in the logic of evolution'. He departs from contemporary physicists to explore the idea that the laws of nature we observe may be the partial result a process of natural selection that occurred before the Big Bang.
Cover Page Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Contents Prologue/Revolutions Introduction Part 1 The Crisis in Fundamental Physics 1. Light and Life 2. The Logic of Atomism 3. The Miracle of the Stars 4. The Dream of Unification 5. The Lessons of String Theory Part 2 An Ecology of Space and Time 6. Are the Laws of Physics Universal? 7. Did the Universe Evolve? 8. Detective Work 9. The Ecology of the Galaxy 10. Games and Galaxies Part 3 The Organization of the Cosmos 11. What is Life? 12. The Cosmology of an Interesting Universe 13. The Flower and the Dodecahedron 14. Philosophy, Religion, and Cosmology 15. Beyond the Anthropic Principle Part 4 Einstein's Legacy 16. Space and Time in the New Cosmology 17. The Road from Newton to Einstein 18. The Meaning of Einstein's Theory of Relativity 19. The Meaning of the Quantum Part 5 Einstein's Revenge 20. Cosmology and the Quantum 21. A Pluralistic Universe 22. The World as a Network of Relations 23. The Evolution of Time Epilogue/Evolutions Appendix: Testing Cosmological Natural Selection Notes and Acknowledgments Selected Bibliography Glossary Index Footnote.
Originally published: 1997. Includes bibliography (p -341) and index. Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web. Description based on publisher supplied metadata and other sources.