The Resource The nature of space and time, Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose

The nature of space and time, Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose

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The nature of space and time
Title
The nature of space and time
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose
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Language
eng
Summary
"Einstein said that the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible. But was he right? Can the quantum theory of fields and Einstein's general theory of relativity, the two most accurate and successful theories in all of physics, be united in a single quantum theory of gravity? Can quantum and cosmos ever be combined? On this issue, two of the world's most famous physicists - Stephen Hawking (A Brief History of Time) and Roger Penrose (The Emperor's New Mind and Shadows of the Mind) - disagree. Here they explain their positions in a work based on six lectures with a final debate, all originally presented at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge."--BOOK JACKET. "How could quantum gravity, a theory that could explain the earlier moments of the big bang and the physics of the enigmatic objects known as black holes, be constructed? Why is it that our patch of the universe looks just as Einstein predicted, with no hint of quantum effects in sight? What strange quantum processes can cause black holes to evaporate, and what happens to all the information that they swallow? Why does time go forward, not backward?"--BOOK JACKET. "In this book, the two opponents touch on all these questions. Penrose, like Einstein, refuses to believe that quantum mechanics is a final theory. Hawking thinks otherwise, and argues that general relativity simply cannot account for how the universe began. Only a quantum theory of gravity, coupled with the no-boundary hypothesis, can ever hope to explain adequately what little we can observe about our universe."--BOOK JACKET. "Penrose, playing the realist to Hawking's positivist, thinks that the universe is unbounded and will expand forever. The universe can be understood, he argues, in terms of the geometry of light cones, the compression and distortion of spacetime, and by use of twistor theory. With the final debate, the reader will come to realize how much Hawking and Penrose diverge in their opinions of the ultimate quest to combine quantum mechanics and relativity, and how differently they have tried to comprehend the incomprehensible."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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1942-2018
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Hawking, Stephen
Dewey number
530.1/1
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
QC173.59.S65
LC item number
H4 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Penrose, Roger
Series statement
Isaac Newton Institute series of lectures
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  • Space and time
  • Quantum theory
  • Astrophysics
  • Cosmology
Target audience
adult
Label
The nature of space and time, Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [139]-141)
Contents
  • Ch. 3.
  • Quantum Black Holes
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Ch. 4.
  • Quantum Theory and Spacetime
  • Roger Penrose
  • Ch. 5.
  • Quantum Cosmology
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Ch. 6.
  • Foreword
  • The Twistor View of Spacetime
  • Roger Penrose
  • Ch. 7.
  • The Debate
  • Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose
  • Michael Atiyah
  • Ch. 1.
  • Classical Theory
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Ch. 2.
  • Structure of Spacetime Singularities
  • Roger Penrose
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 145 p.
Isbn
9780691168449
Isbn Type
(trade)
Lccn
95035582
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • OCM32922069
  • CARL032922069
Label
The nature of space and time, Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [139]-141)
Contents
  • Ch. 3.
  • Quantum Black Holes
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Ch. 4.
  • Quantum Theory and Spacetime
  • Roger Penrose
  • Ch. 5.
  • Quantum Cosmology
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Ch. 6.
  • Foreword
  • The Twistor View of Spacetime
  • Roger Penrose
  • Ch. 7.
  • The Debate
  • Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose
  • Michael Atiyah
  • Ch. 1.
  • Classical Theory
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Ch. 2.
  • Structure of Spacetime Singularities
  • Roger Penrose
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 145 p.
Isbn
9780691168449
Isbn Type
(trade)
Lccn
95035582
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • OCM32922069
  • CARL032922069

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