A Different Universe
Reinventing Physics From the Bottom DownBook - 2005
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'A different universe'
review by Phil Wilson
Submitted by plusadmin on December 1, 2005
by Robert Laughlin
Cartoons can help to bring down governments, but can they help to revolutionise science? This seems to be the hope of Robert Laughlin, whose book on the exciting field of emergence is littered with his hand-drawn cartoons. His Nobel Prize in physics has given him the confidence to share his art and to hope that his cartoons help to explain how science can be revolutionised, or "re-invented". But what is this Different Universe, to what extent is it a reinvention, and how well does Laughlin set out his case? (search the above text to read full review)
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(sorry if typo, from pages 95-96 , A Different Universe by Robert Laughlin, Nobel Physicist 1998, Stanford Physics professor...)
HOLMES: Watson, look up at those stars in the sky! What do you deduce?
WATSON: Well, each of those pinpricks of light is a huge sun powered by the fires of hydrogen fusion. That fuzzy patch over there is the Andromeda galaxy. Powerful telescopes tell us that Andromeda is an island of billions and billions of stars. Even more powerful telescopes tell us that there are billions and billions of such galaxies stretching out to the edge of the universe. If even one in a million of those suns had planets, and even one in a million of these had an oxygen atmosphere, and even one in a million of these had life, and even one in a million of these had people and civilizations, then we would be certain of not being alone in the universe.
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