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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But even if there were, eventually the game must stop, we must at some point arrive at some truly elementary particles.

Book Review for Life of the Cosmos

Neither the history of the universe nor its present configuration can have any effect on the properties of any single elementary particle. If the universe is nothing but atoms moving in a void, then it is hard to understand why it isn’t far simpler than it is. I don’t question any of it.

A plausible hypothesis for a cosmological natural selection. The earliest exploration of CNS-I appeared first in both philosophy and science fiction. But for unification to reach it’s ultimate goal, the variety of particles must emerge from one fundamental element. Feb 25, Nader rated it really liked it Shelves: In summary, it is refreshing to have a work that provokes such deep thinking on the behalf of the reader. He has to be careful, but it doesn’t make for easy reading.

Nothing can live in an environment in thermal equilibrium. Newtonian physics is useful, even if it is not true, as an approximation that helps us to understand many different phenomena. Jan 03, Eric K. One of the most illuminating books on theoretical physics I’ve ever read.


He talks a lot about Libniz’s principle of sufficient reason, which he ties unconvincingly with Weyl’s gauge theory. What must be true about the world so that some of its atoms will spontaneously invent the astoundingly intricate dance which makes them living?

The general idea is thought-provoking.

If the smllin really were cksmos and dead, if it contained no stars, there would be no living planets. 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.

The book was initially published on January 1, by Oxford University Press. The result is a framework that illuminates many intractable problems, from the paradoxes of quantum theory and the nature of space and time to the problem of constructing a final theory of physics.

While most physicists ignore philosophy, apart from an occasional pop version of Thomas Kuhn’s paradigms, or even attack each other for doing “philosophy” instead of “science”, Smolin in smolij book argues that there is a crisis in smoln physics which needs to be met by explicitly considering the philosophical presuppositions of current theory.

The dependence of life on light underlies so many metaphors and so much of the imagery of our culture think of the fear of the dark that to even quote examples is to risk cliche, but let me mention one, that to understand something is to attain an insight.

He calls it “Cosmological Natural Selection. In ancient times, Greeks imagined that the whims of gods determined the fates of humans.

The Life of the Cosmos by Lee Smolin

Aug 12, Nadim rated it really liked it. Smolin mentions that he met Richard Feynman a few times.

Smolin sets out to write just for ot kind of person, just for ME, but only irritates me into remembering why I turned from that path. Others are understandably put off by the unfortunate connection between physics and weapons of mass destruction.


We have this science, it is the foundation of everything we understand from immunology to transistors to nuclear physics.

Cosmological natural selection (fecund universes)

Jun 01, Gendou rated it really liked it Shelves: One of the main objectives of this book is to explain why the universe is what it is. Is cosmological natural selection a theory? Smoljn should also be an approachable book to those that don’t follow regularly but are interested.

Nevertheless the book drifts more to the philosophical rather than the physical, and I for one enjoyed this transition, as concepts such as string theory and nitty-gritty astrophysical ruminations require a thought pattern somewhat ‘alien’ to what we normally encounter in everyday life. These models assume that any universe where emergent intelligence was able to play a less-than-random role in replication or selection might become replicatively favored, more resilient, or perhaps dominant in some multiversal environment, over lineages where emergent intrauniversal intelligence does not increasingly factor into replication, as in Smolin’s original CNS model.

And if the atoms and the nuclei turned out to be divisible, we have now reasonable candidates for truly elementary particles in the electrons, neutrinos and quarks. For example, here are some sentences from a typical paragraph: It was this and other new questions that drove the revolution.

Once I suspected this I began to ask myself what exactly is it oof they don’t like about the Newtonian view of the cosmos?