Oxford University Press
May 20, 1999
In this superb collection of essays, acclaimed cosmologist and writer John D. Barrow explores the issues that perplex and amaze us as we cast our gaze around the Universe. Starting with a consideration of the (to some) astonishing popularity of Big Science, and physics and cosmology in particular, Professor Barrow moves on to the key questions concerning the Laws of Nature and the Universe and the vexed issue of life occurring on other planets, as well is the key issues of time and space, and quantum reality. He looks at the ancient foundations of science, mathematics, and their most modern expression – complexity theory. Finally, he considers how science relates to religion and to aesthetics.
Each chapter consists of carefully selected essays, some never previously published, and all written in Professor Barrow’s clear and engaging style. Each chapter is introduced by a short piece, setting the essays in the context of current focus in the area. Taken together, they form a rich introduction to contemporary debate in science.
John D. Barrow is Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Astronomy Centre at the University of Sussex. His principal area of scientific research is cosmology, and he is the author of several highly acclaimed books about the nature and significance of modern developments in physics, astronomy, and mathematics, including The Left-Hand of Creation, The Anthropic Cosmological Principle, The World within the World, Theories of Everything, Pi in the Sky, The Origin of the Universe, The Artful Universe, and Impossibility.