Time, Light and the Dice of Creation

Through Paradox in Physics to a New Order

Philip Franses

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  • A thought-provoking journey to discover the mysteries of the universe through physics
  • This stimulating book unravels the knots that surround elusive concepts such as matter, chance, time, light, darkness, emptiness, and form
  • Explores how we as humans relate to time and the world around us

This stimulating book unravels the knots that surround elusive concepts such as matter, chance, time, light, darkness, emptiness, and form.

Format:
paperback
Size:
234 x 156 mm
Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
Philosophy of the Natural World
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations
Extent:
208 pages
ISBN:
9781782501725
Publication date:
22 Oct 2015

Description

The laws of modern physics are seen as the bedrock of our understanding of the material world that surrounds us. Newton's and Maxwell's mathematics reliably describe behaviour and events in the world, and have given us the age of technology from telephones to space travel.

Yet the founders of modern scientific thought, such as Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg and Pauli, struggled to pin down the paradoxical concepts they needed to present 'workable' theories, as the subatomic and quantum world began to reveal its mysteries. At the height of the debate about the nature of matter, Einstein famously objected that 'God does not play dice'.

Starting from the significance of zero and one, with their contrasting Eastern and Western philosophies, Franses unravels the knots that surround elusive concepts such as matter, chance, time, light, darkness, emptiness, and form. Exploring current models in science, he asks: does light travel in time? Or is it time that travels in light? How can emptiness hold potential? Can chance create order? What does our own experience mean in all this?

In this stimulating book, the author invites us to travel through a journey, and a life, full of surprise and ambiguity, from paradoxes in physics to the meaning of time and the mythology of creation.

Reviews

'This is a book of the future.'
-- John Marking, New View

Author

Philip Franses is Senior Lecturer in the MSc of Holistic Science at Schumacher College in Devon, England. His inquiry into science and spirit combines studying mathematics at Oxford and a career in computer science, with travels in Africa and the Alps in search of a ground of experience. He is the founding editor of Holistic Science Journal.

You can also visit the author's own website at http://www.journeyschool.org

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