Susskind’s new book, The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the .. From Leonard Susskind, in his email exchange with Lee Smolin. Leonard Susskind, a founder of the theory and one of its leading practitioners, But most of “The Cosmic Landscape” is structured not around. Leonard Susskind in his book The Cosmic Landscape takes the reader along to share his perceptions of the ultimate boundary; the one about.

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Unfortunately, being a good popular writer does not seem to be one of them. I just understood the more surface level explanation of the weirdness of something that appears to be zero for digits suddenly not being zero anymore. He denoted this cosmological constant as lambda. Each galaxy is 10 times more massive than all of the visible stars and gas.

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His skills in teaching are far better in writing than what I witnessed in his classroom presentations. Made clear, sustainable analogies that lead to understanding of concepts for the ‘mathless’. He must be right because the great Leonard Susskind says so. Basically, he is telling us something that Hume told us, what, about years ago, that the universe seems beautifully designed to allow life to exist which leads some to propose the notion that it must therefore have been specifically and deliberately designed for us to live in because we do in fact live in it.

May 27, Jody rated it really liked it.

Superbly written, and I am always deeply appreciative of scientists who can not only think clearly, but also communicate their landscap with equal parts clarity and cogency to a lay audience in physics, at least.

The illusion of intelligent design is hardly mentioned except for the author stating that it’s the law of large numbers of universes forming on the cosmic landscape which is enough to account for our finely tuned universe supporting life.

Book Review: The Cosmic Landscape

December 12, at 4: I am afraid the post-War generally very favourable perception of the public of physics and physicists in generalnot just string theorists, will be severely damaged.


Here, too, is the story of the battle between the proponents of Intelligent Design, who draw on quantum mechanics to try to show that our universe is uniquely fashioned for life and intelligence, and s THE COSMIC LANDSCAPE tells the intriguing story of the gradual acceptance by physicists of the implications of certain weird aspects of quantum mechanics, implications that entail an infinite multiverse or megaverse comprising endless populations of universes of every conceivable form and variety.

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If we are that lucky, then the Inflation did not go on long enough to wipe out evidence for the curvature of space… If our pocket universe was born in a bubble nucleation event, the universe must be negatively curved. Strings can be wound once or more around a compact dimension winding number. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The book contains many prof This book contains interesting theories of origin concerning the universe as a whole, as well as the various quantum particles the universe is understood to be comprised of.

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This kind of framework allows anthropic causes, and so there is no a priori reason to reject them as unscientific. For instance, the “cosmological constant” of the universe appears to be the sum of two terms, which cancel to decimal digits, yet fail to cancel in the th digit! String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design.

Wasn’t great but wasn’t bad. In the long run, though, if leaders like Susskind and Weinberg convince taxpayers that theoretical particle physics is not worth funding, then landscapf are the real suckers? The theory cannot scientifically explain the cosmological constant.

This book contains interesting theories of origin concerning the universe as a whole, as well as the various quantum particles the universe is understood to be comprised of. Of course, this is not a scientific explanation. It is the added term in Comsic fundamental equation of general relativity which, with no experimental failures so far, seems suskind perfectly describe the force of gravity — as a consequence of the curvature of 4-dimensional space-time.


So, eventually, at least one but possibly infintely many will exist that could be like “ours”. The theory of evolution. In this book noted physicist Leonard Susskind presents an emerging paradigm of cosmology based on modern string theory.

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Susskind closes his book with a chapter on Summing Up and an Epilogue in which he does some speculating on the future of Theoretical Physics, String Theory and various odds and ends. Quantum Chronodynamics and other silly things. That aside, the five percent I did understand was awesome.

The Cosmic Landscape

Regarding the significance of the special features of 4-dimensional manifolds, see the excerpt from a paper by Hendryk Pfeiffer quoted in this comment on an earlier post on this blog. Refresh and try again. In “The Cosmic Landscape” Susskind gives the reader a kind of “primer” on these difficult subjects and traces their research history ssusskind well.

However rarely this happens, the constant can become small enough for us, so here we are.

He acknowledges that, cosmif on Landscape arguments: Jan 24, Drchak rated it liked it. It turns my core beliefs into the same kind of superstitions and dogma that I lanrscape tried to avoid.

Suskin seems to consider these the same things but that’s only true through the semantics of a physicist. For the general reader, there may be insufficient background to follow the rational. Susskind shows a wonderful ability to portray their relevance without overloading the reader. The consequences for recent discussions of the AP in the context of string theory are discussed.

Thus the C-Y spaces allow a Landscape of possibilities. Woit for your contributions to a worthy subject of debate. Of course the true theory A may be internally compatible.

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