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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All of these leonarf are just the background for the b This is quite a remarkable book. Dec 24, Ana rated it it was amazing Shelves: Susskind says that perhaps there are many universes, each with its own constants, but only those where the constants are close to ours have beings like ourselves.

Susskind’s coemic goes a little something like this: From a layman’s perspective I can believe this given what seems to be the evidence.

For instance, one known approximation to theory A is the pair standard model more general relativity, even if both are incompatible, since both provide excellent result on the very big and the very small! Okay, that is me intruding my own unpleasant personality on the subject matter. String Theory is dead. No-one is going to take you seriously in this forum until you have been savaged by Lubos Motl. String Theory has been around, in one form or another, since the s and has evolved into the many different forms we see today.

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The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design

One is that the chapters tend to ramble and become incredibly dry. They appear to oscillate to the ends of the universe. Susskind, writing inconfidently promises to explain Lif I had seen many references to this controversial book – among other things, it’s quoted approvingly in Dawkins’s The God Delusion – but somehow I didn’t get round to reading it until this week.


Because if not, we’d be dead and never have asked the question in the first place. If string theory had made some predictions like this, few people would be criticizing it. Sep 15, Last Ranger rated it it was amazing.

Leonard Susskind takes the layperson behind the scenes of an on-going debate among physicists and cosmologists; it’s a battle between those who believe that the laws of nature are determined by mathematical relations, and those who believe that the Laws of Physics have been de The Cosmic Landscape: Three Roads To Quantum Gravity.

Science is the horse that pulls the cart of philosophy.

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Wasn’t that supposed to be the “theory of everything”? Also see “Large Hardon Collider” In effect, the compact scale determines the Laws of Physics. My biggest concern has to do with ssskind well the theory really captures reality.

This book is educational and sometimes challenging but ultimately satisfying. The anthropic principle is a credible tool only if all the right conditions don’t “just happen” at the instant a new pocket universe forms. December 8, at 4: December 12, at 4: The earliest modern philosophers of science, Descartes and Bacon, ridiculed the deductive thf of the scholastics.

This entry was posted in Book Reviews. I was under the impression that it was merely a fringe in the community. The Cosmic Landscape Posted on December 7, by woit.

The Cosmic Landscape

It combines theory, common sense with a touch of the susskinr developments in physics and cosmology. A Briefer History of Time. Yet this is the focus of sussjind of the book. Aug 06, Diego rated it it was amazing Dusskind His research interests include string theory, quantum field theory, quantum statistical mechanics and quantum cosmology.

He is one of the founders of string theory and the phrase is in the title, so no prizes for guessing that it will be an essential ingredient. Comparison of their known sizewith their apparent size allows measurement of a triangle and establishes that space is flat on scales of billion light years, – It appears that the universe inflated exponentially for a period in its earliest phases, and this has resulted in the surprisingly homogeneous nature of space.


The title should be at least 4 characters long. If it were a bit smaller, the universe would have collapsed in much less than the roughly 4 billion years it has taken for our form of intelligent life to evolve.

Evidence in the CMB that our universe was formed by bubble nucleation: In the long run, though, if leaders like Susskind and Weinberg convince taxpayers that theoretical particle physics is not worth funding, then who are the real suckers? The attitudes of physicists, however, were more mixed inand probably still are.

Book Review: The Cosmic Landscape – Universe Today

From a layman or even a philosopher the ideas can be connected but are not the same. And for anyone who loves mathematics and String Theory, this book is definitely for you. The most interesting parts, for me, were related to the Anthropic Principle and the discussion of the Landscape and Multiverse theories.

The remaining mass is almost certainly not made up of ordinary matter. Finally he does try and come up with some suggestions of how the theory might be tested, they are:. It is quite amusing to see the kid glove treatment of Susskind by other string theorists and contrast it with the reaction to Krauss; he obviously touched a nerve.