When Physics and Space Collide with Math – It’s About Time, for a Book Review

Physics is one of the most fascinating subjects and yet so few people have really ever considered it all. That’s too bad, because if we are beings who value knowledge, then we are mostly missing out. But it does not have to be that way, as there are all sorts of wonderful books, and documentaries available.

For instance, there is one book which is really worth reading if you can spare a month to absorb it all. It is a book I own, and one which I have read many chapters in. It’s a great reference book on the topic too. The name of the book is;

“The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics” edited by Timothy Harris, published by Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY, (1989), 859 pages, ISBN: 0-318-07136-6.

In this comprehensive work you will learn all about time and space. Information on thermodynamics, mass, gravity, relativity, black holes, and our basic understanding of it all, but remember this book was published in 1989, so quite a bit has happened since then. The first chapter is one of the best, and it discusses atoms and quarks, electron position prediction, and basic quantum theory, which we seem to know a lot more about today. There are essays on unified theories, uncertainty principles, and Albert Einstein’s most famous equation; E=MC squared.

Well, that’s the first section, and in the second section are chapters on our Sun, the structure of our universe, and how it all began, and how we expect it to one day end, well after we’re gone. There are chapters by Stephen Hawking, Richard Muller, Carl Sagan, and so many other notables. All about comets, supernovas, and our galaxy, and for all of you religious types out there, they didn’t forget you and in the spirit of inclusion, there is a sub-chapter on “biblical creationism” too.

The third and forth sections have chapters on the Mathematics of the Cosmos, and dealing with extremely large numbers, artificial intelligence, and the math of the unknown, and the limitations of known math in this realm, at least now. The forth section is about the men, and scientists behind the theories we are using now, and how they came to be, along with a chapter titled; “The Women in Science” – again in the spirit of inclusion and kudos for their achievements.

The book is really great in that there are many poems of science listed along with the “Philosophy of Science” as well. This book will open your mind to a whole new dimension of learning and intrigue of our universe. Perhaps, that’s its main focus, to get the reader interested in the sciences and physics of all that is, all that is known, and all that has yet to be discovered. Indeed, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves physics and science.

Art and Science – The Physics of Our Natural World, A Book Review

When you go to college you take psychology and philosophy courses which challenge the reality of existence, as the professor tries to get your mind to think outside the box. While this is a very good exercise, it confuses a good number of students. Perhaps I have a solution for that. Maybe all these college students need to do is to consider the science behind what is, that is to say, ask the question; what is our reality made of, and then work backwards from there, while asking the same questions suggested by the professors.

If you’d like a book which can help you consider all this, and perhaps understand a little bit more about what they are doing with particle physics at places like CERN, then I have a decent recommendation for you. The name of the book is;

“Einstein’s Space and Van Gogh’s Sky – Physical Reality and Beyond” by Lawrence Leshan and Henry Margenau, MacMillan Publishers, New York, NY, 1982, 268 Pages, ISBN: 0-02-570460-5.

Now then, you don’t have to be a new age sort of person to enjoy this attempt by the authors to explain our current realm and reality using hard science, quantum physics, and much of Einstein’s most noted equations and theories to enjoy this book and ponder the alternate realities, or relative observations of all that is in our known world. The authors first dive into exactly how to understand and explain this concept of alternate realities and the structure of domains, realms, and relative realities.

Although this book was written in 1982 one could look at it and see that much of the understanding of modern day, even the most current theories of particle physics in philosophically touched upon. In fact, by the time you are completed with Part I of this book you will have a pretty good grasp heading into Part II and Part III. The authors have a nice philosophical and scientific argument for the reader with regards to relativity and truth, as in what is it, what is it reality, and where and when did it, will it, or can it occur.

You will enjoy the discussion on causality, feedback, purpose, reductionism, logic, and verification of scientific theory, as the authors perhaps explain how come their view is perfectly sound with all that is. In Part III, well, this is where things get really interesting and deep as in; what is real, is anything real, and why is it real, or not. There is an interesting chapter on art, one on ethics, and another on consciousness.

Although these authors seem to be writing from a liberal arts perspective, which drives someone like me up the wall, their scientific usage of theories, and knowledge is quite good, thus, this book survives the label of a; New Age work.