The Life of the Cosmos has ratings and 42 reviews. David said: Lee Smolin presents an interesting hypothesis that attempts to explain why the fundame. CHAPTER ONE. The Life of the Cosmos. By LEE SMOLIN Oxford University Press. Read the Review. LIGHT and LIFE. Science is, above everything else. The life of the cosmos / by Lee Smolin. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN X. ISBN (Pbk.) 1. Cosmology.

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Cosmological natural selection (fecund universes)

String theory offers no explanation of why our Universe “has picked” one manifestation over another. A living system, on the contrary, continually creates an enormous number of different kind of molecules, each of which generally perform a unique function. Astronomers have discovered that distant galaxies are all moving away from one another.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. That little gem came in a discussion of why there liff something rather than nothing. In each star, as the elements are forged, gravitational and nuclear energy are converted into light and radiation and sent out into the universe. Similarly, there is no need to question the idea that there are laws of nature.

Cosmological natural selection (fecund universes) – Evo Devo Universe

Smolin is good at acknowledging criticism of the theory and does his best to defend it. Smolin awakens us to the fact that we live in an improbable universe. What he has in mind is the problem that modern particle theory, including wmolin theory which was the last word when this was written seventeen years agohave many free parameters such as the values of the ot and masses of the particles which are not constrained by the theories, or could be different and still give rise to consistent interpretations, and which in fact have improbable values.


I don’t question any of it. It is partly for this reason that the question of the existence of life becomes central to the twentieth century revolution lufe physics. As usual I didn’t manage to follow all of it – and as usual it didn’t matter to my satisfaction with the book. My impression is that he truly cares about his audience’s understanding.

It talks about ocsmos there can never be an absolute description of the universe, because that would require an observer outside our own universe. Nowadays, astronomers estimate that there are roughly 50 billion galaxies in the visible Universe, that is, that part of the Universe for which light has had enough time to reach us on Earth.

If we were interested only in feeling better about ourselves, we might be happy to jump from vitalism to a kind of pantheism according to which life exists because the universe is itself alive. Finally, each letter is a combination of a small number of basic shapes, lines, circles, and arcs. I’m interested in the formation and evolution of stars.

The Life of the Cosmos

I have been teaching physics to non-science students for much of my career. Some of these have to do with the elementary kee themselves: Over time, the stellar black holes in each galaxy merge with the supermassive black holes at the center of each galaxy, and all matter in each supergalaxy eventually becomes entrapped inside black holes.

Neither the history fhe the universe nor its present configuration can have any effect on the properties of any single leee particle. In each case there are several dozen of each. This question has a simple answer: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge London: The electron is lighter than the proton, but not as light as the neutrino. Lee Smolin in his book The Life of the Cosmos is quick to dismiss.

Jan 24, Alex rated it it was amazing. So try to repress your inclination to dismiss him fosmos a crackpot when you fir There are two books that I’ve read in my 48 years so far on this Earth which have blown my mind and completely changed my whole way of looking at things, and this is one of them.


Lee Smolin presents an interesting hypothesis that attempts to explain why the fundamental physical constants seem to be “tuned” perfectly to allow stars, planets, and life to evolve. No trivia or quizzes yet. It also explains how different observers may relate to each other to describe the universe precisely, but not accurately. One of the great discoveries of the present period is that the galaxies are not distributed randomly in space. Imagine smolib we have stepped for the first time, not into a universe, but into a library.

Meanwhile in the scientific literature, Louis Crane’s Meduso-anthropic principle proposed, in an arxiv. Since black holes produce no light, they are dark — hence their name.

Admittedly, Lee Smolin is at or near the genius level when it comes to physics. This daughter universe would have fundamental constants and parameters similar to that of the parent universe though with some changes, providing for both inheritance and mutations as required by natural selection.

Thus the world leee be different: Smolin dismisses these responses as well as 1 because 3 can be so simple. This book reminds me of why, despite pseudo-deep 3am geek bull sessions freshman year of college about So Lee Smolin is like really fucking smart. At the same time, it is unlikely that there is any subject in high school or university that is more disliked than physics.