Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality (Paperback)
*Holiday 2015 Recommendation*
As Shakespeare wrote: “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” After reading this, I think I agree. Max Tegmark, with his quirky examples and clear language, takes the reader on a truly cosmic trip from the beginning of the universe, to present day, and beyond into some mind boggling theoretical physics. If you are remotely interested in space, cosmology, physics, or The Big Question, I’d say you’ll enjoy this. And if you read it we can can debate whether the universe is a mathematical structure and whether we are just expressions of mathematic principles through physics...fun stuff!
Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist. Fascinating from first to last--this is a book that has already prompted the attention and admiration of some of the most prominent scientists and mathematicians.
About the Author
Max Tegmark is author or coauthor of more than two hundred technical papers, twelve of which have been cited more than five hundred times. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a physics professor at MIT.