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Is the Universe a Hologram? : Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions, Hardback Book

Is the Universe a Hologram? : Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions Hardback

Part of the The MIT Press series

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Questions about the physical world, the mind, and technology in conversations that reveal a rich seam of interacting ideas. Science today is more a process of collaboration than moments of individual "eurekas." This book recreates that kind of synergy by offering a series of interconnected dialogues with leading scientists who are asked to reflect on key questions and concepts about the physical world, technology, and the mind.

These thinkers offer both specific observations and broader comments about the intellectual traditions that inform these questions; doing so, they reveal a rich seam of interacting ideas. The persistent paradox of our era is that in a world of unprecedented access to information, many of the most important questions remain unsolved.

These conversations (conducted by a veteran science writer, Adolfo Plasencia) reflect this, with scientists addressing such issues as intelligence, consciousness, global warming, energy, technology, matter, the possibility of another earth, changing the past, and even the philosophical curveball, "is the universe a hologram?"The dialogues discuss such fascinating aspects of the physical world as the function of the quantum bit, the primordial cosmology of the universe, and the wisdom of hewn stones.

They offer optimistic but reasoned views of technology, considering convergence culture, algorithms, "Beauty ?

Truth," the hacker ethic, AI, and other topics. And they offer perspectives from a range of disciplines on intelligence, discussing subjects that include the neurophysiology of the brain, affective computing, collaborative innovation, and the wisdom of crowds. Conversations withHal Abelson, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, John Perry Barlow, Javier Benedicto, Jose Bernabeu, Michail Bletsas, Jose M.

Carmena, David Casacuberta, Yung Ho Chang, Ignacio Cirac, Gianluigi Colalucci, Avelino Corma, Bernardo Cuenca Grau, Javier Echeverria, Jose Hernandez-Orallo, Hiroshi Ishii, Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, Henry Jenkins, Anne Margulies, Mario J.

Molina, Tim O'Reilly, John Ochsendorf, Paul Osterman, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Rosalind W.

Picard, Howard Rheingold, Alejandro W. Rodriguez, Israel Ruiz, Sara Seager, Richard Stallman, Antonio Torralba, Bebo White, Jose Maria Yturralde

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 432 pages, 35 b&w illus.; 70 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular science
  • ISBN: 9780262036016

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