Science and ultimate reality : quantum theory, cosmology, and complexity [E-Book] / edited by John D. Barrow, Paul C.W. Davies, and Charles L. Harper, Jr.
Barrow, John D., (editor)
Davies, P. C. W., (editor) / Harper, Charles L., (editor)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2004
1 online resource (xx, 721 pages)
englisch
9780511814990
9780521831130
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Table of Contents:
  • Part I.
  • An overview of the contributions of John Archibald Wheeler
  • John Archibald Wheeler and the clash of ides /
  • Paul C.W. Davies
  • Part II.
  • An historian's tribute to John Archibald Wheeler and scientific speculation throughout the ages
  • The heritage of Heraclitus : John Archibald Wheeler and the itch to speculate /
  • Jaroslav Pelikan
  • Part III.
  • Quantum reality : theory
  • Why is nature described by quantum theory? /
  • Lucien Hardy
  • Thought-experiments in honor of John Archibald Wheeler /
  • Freeman J. Dyson
  • It from qubit /
  • David Deutsch
  • The wave function : it or bit? /
  • H. Dieter Zeh
  • Quantum Darwinism and envariance /
  • Wojciech H. Zurek
  • Using qubits to learn about "it" /
  • Juan Pablo Paz
  • Quantum gravity as an ordinary gauge theory /
  • Juan M. Maldacena
  • The Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics /
  • Bryce S. DeWitt
  • Part IV.
  • Quantum reality : experiment
  • Why the quantum? "It" from "bit"? A participatory universe? : three far-reaching challenges from John Archibald Wheeler and their relation to experiment /
  • Anton Zeilinger
  • Speakable and unspeakable, past and future /
  • Aephraim M. Steinberg
  • Conceptual tensions between quantum mechanics and general relativity : are there experimental consequences? /
  • Raymond Y. Chiao
  • Breeding nonlocal Schrödinger cats : a thought-experiment to explore the quantum-classical boundary /
  • Serge Haroche
  • Quantum erasing the nature of reality : or, perhaps, the reality of nature? /
  • Paul G. Kwiat, Berthold-Georg Englert
  • Quantum erasing the nature of reality : or, perhaps, the reality of nature? /
  • Paul G. Kwiat, Berthold-Georg Englert
  • Quantum feedback and the quantum-classical transition /
  • Hideo Mabuchi
  • What quantum computers may tell us about quantum mechanics /
  • Christopher R. Monroe
  • Part V.
  • Big questions in cosmology
  • Cosmic inflation and the arrow of time /
  • Andreas Albrecht
  • Cosmology and immutability /
  • John D. Barrow
  • Inflation, quantum cosmology, and the anthropic principle /
  • Andrei Linde
  • Parallel universes /
  • Max Tegmark
  • Quantum theories of gravity : results and prospects /
  • Lee Smolin
  • A genuinely evolving universe /
  • João Magueijo
  • Planck-scale models of the universe /
  • Fotini Markopoulou
  • Implications of additional spatial dimensions for questions in cosmology /
  • Lisa Randall
  • Part VI.
  • Emergence, life, and related topics
  • Emergence : us from it /
  • Philip D. Clayton
  • True complexity and its associated ontology /
  • George F.R. Ellis
  • The three origins : cosmos, life, and mind /
  • Marcelo Gleiser
  • Autonomous agents /
  • Stuart Kauffman
  • To see a world in a grain of sand /
  • Shou-Cheng Zhang
  • Appendix A :
  • Science and ultimate reality program committees
  • Appendix B :
  • Young researchers competition in honor of John Archibald Wheeler for physics graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and young faculty.