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Between inner space and outer space : essays on science, art, and philosophy
Barrow, John D., 1952-
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Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, [1999]

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xii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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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 inparticular, Professor Barrow moves on to the key questions concerning the Laws of Nature and the Universe and the vexed issue of life occurring in other planets, as well as the key issues of time and space, and quantum reality. He looks at the ancient foundations of science, mathematics, and theirmost modern expression - complexity theory. Finally, he considers how science relates to religion and to aesthetics. Each chapter consists of carefully selected essays, many never previously published, and all written in Professor Barrow's clear and engaging style. Each chapter is introduced by ashort 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.

Author Notes

John D. Barrow is a scientist who writes accessibly about astrophysics and cosmology for both the general reader and the expert. Born in 1952, in London, England, Barrow earned a B.S. degree with first-class honors from the University of Durham in 1974. Three years later he received his doctorate from Magdalen College, Oxford. He was a junior research lecturer in astrophysics at Oxford University from 1977 to 1980 and became a lecturer in astronomy at the University of Sussex in Brighton in 1981.

With coauthor Joseph Silk, Barrow published The Left Hand of Creation: The Origin and Evolution of the Expanding Universe in 1983. The book, which explains particle physics and its application to the creation and evolution of the universe, quickly won praise for its lucid style.

Barrow delved further into this topic in 1994 with The Origin of the Universe. In this work he explored such questions as the possibility of extra dimensions to space, the beginning of time, and how human existence is part and parcel of the origin and composition of the universe.

Barrow's other books include Pi and the Sky; Theories of Everything; and The World Within the World. He has also contributed many articles to such professional journals as New Scientist, Scientific American, and Nature.

(Bowker Author Biography) John D. Barrow is research professor of mathematical sciences at Cambridge University. His previous books include "Between Inner & Outer Space", "The Universe That Discovered Itself", & "The Origin of the Universe". He lives in England.

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Table of Contents

1 The popularization of science
2 Life in the Universe
3 Theories of everything and gravity
4 Mathematics
5 Simplicity and complexity
6 Time
7 Religion and science
8 Quantum reality
9 Aesthetics
10 Cosmology