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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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. Why is the neutron just a bit heavier than the proton?

Admittedly, Lee Smolin is at or near the genius level when it comes to physics. A response to some of these criticisms can be found in Vidal b. Apr 14, David rated it liked it Shelves: If a great many people want to know about what we think the universe is, almost no one seems much interested in the tools with which we acquire and construct this knowledge.

I also like the book because it addresses the philosophical origins and implications of Newtonian physics the absolutegen rel the relationaland QM the observational snolin probabilisticrather than merely describing what these theories are.

The Life of the Cosmos

The Anthropic principle says it must because we are here to observe it. That little gem came in a discussion of why there is something rather than nothing.

The worse thing about the book is the small font size that Oxford University Press has used. It’s enough to make Feynman weep!

Smolin awakens us to the fact that we live in an improbable universe. Sometimes a crucial piece of evidence lies right in front of us that has up till now lacked any significance.

An Introduction to the Meduso-Anthropic Principle But maybe I feel this way coz I took a really long time to finish it 7 months!! In order to get the force to come out kife the right strength, all they had to do was fix the length of the string to be about the Planck length. And how is it that our place, Earth, stays in a perpetual state that denies the law of entropy such that it can support life?

Given the ingredients, what are the conditions smolun make the universe hospitable to life? My favorite part of the book was the appendices where he gives background information on physics necessary for understanding the ideas presented. All this is speculation, of course. Assumption I also requires one universe “giving birth” to others. During the first three minutes of the Big Bang, the lightest elements of hydrogen, helium and lithium were forged.


Cosmological natural selection would eliminate the need to evoke the anthropic principle, an idea that some scientists use to justify human existence. Neither the history of the universe nor its present configuration can have any effect on the properties of any single elementary particle.

My rating is two out of five stars. All of the living things on earth are made out of carbon compounds that are built with copious amounts of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen, as well as traces of many other atoms.

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. In this book, Lee Smolin proposes that universes can be naturally selected for based on their production of black holes. Many scientists do not like this idea because one would never be able to observe these other universes.

In Smolin independently of Smith described essentially the same process in more rigorous terms, in the first peer-reviewed hard sciences paper on CNS Did the Universe Evolve? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Cosmological natural selection (fecund universes) – Evo Devo Universe

It also discusses what gravity, space time, and time would be like at a quantum level, and why there are so many inconsistencies in physics and in reality itself. This is where the heart of the book lies, the life of cosmoss a cosmos. In the days of Copernicus, the Earth was the center of the Universe or it was not.

Is cosmological natural selection a theory? Thus, we must ask what is required of a universe so that large amounts of carbon, oxygen and the other ingredients of life are plentifully produced. Thus, part of the movement from the Newtonian world to the oee one is a transition from a universe in which life is impossible to one in which life has a place.

The important question, if we are to try to begin again, is which assumptions we should keep and which we should throw away.

Cosms compliments to Smolin for clearly distinguishing what is science and what is speculation in this lengthy discussion.

Sonsuz mudur, sonlu mu? On the theoretical side especially, new ideas have been invented that are likely to help explain some of the questions left over by the standard model. I bought this after reading his more recent ‘The Trouble with Physics’ and They are like that because they always were and always will be.


At the same time, not one of the theoretical ideas intended as answers to the questions left open by the standard model has been confirmed experimentally.

From this perspective, the lines between the simple and the complex, the fundamental and the emergent, and even between the biological and the physical are redrawn. Retrieved from ” https: That takes real s One of the most illuminating books on theoretical physics I’ve ever read.

Finally, each letter is a combination of a small number of basic shapes, lines, circles, and arcs.

The answer to this question is the same as the answer to the other questions we raised in this chapter: Thus, it is not a coincidence that when we look up we see stars, just as it is not a coincidence that when we look around we see plants and trees Just as the plants produce the oxygen we breath, it is the stars that produced all the chemical elements out of which we, and the plants, are made.

Our existence is explained in terms of history rather than by general principles. To put the earth on one of the crystal spheres was logically absurd, as it contradicted the basic assumptions behind the Aristotelian cosmos such as the immutability of the heavens.

Smolin suggests that, in a nutshell, in the beginning there was random nothing, then out of that came blind iteration – universes forming and collapsing again, until finally evolution emerged by chance it had all the time in the world after all Off no stranger to pop-science books but this book opened my mind to some amazing possibilities.

Jan 03, Eric K.

Cosmological natural selection (fecund universes)

Gardner further proposes that this recursive selection process leads to the likelihood of advanced ancestor intelligences as architects of our own fine-tuned universe. Since life is comprised of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen as well as smaller amounts of other atoms, how did the heavier elements arise?

A possible answer is that they are too small; they are microscopic and beyond our present means of observation.