The Science of Can and Can't: A Physicist's Journey Through the Land of Counterfactuals

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Price
$27.00  $24.84
Publisher
Viking
Publish Date
Pages
272
Dimensions
5.7 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780525521921

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About the Author

Chiara Marletto is a research fellow at Wolfson College and the University of Oxford Department of Physics. Her main research focus is theoretical physics, but she enjoys dabbling in theoretical biology, epistemology, and Italian literature. This is her first book.

Reviews

Advance praise for The Science of Can and Can't

"[A] revolutionary recasting of physics . . . Marletto's contributions to 'constructor theory' reconcile what we think of as physical laws with the open-ended possibilities thrown up by biology and information theory. It is a paradigm that, for all its rigor, re-enchants the world and enriches our place in it." --New Scientist

Marletto has a clear, sharp and imaginative style of explaining science . . . [The Science of Can and Can't] will open the doors to a dazzling, deep set of new concepts and ideas that will change and affect deeply the way you look at the world. Let her story unfold. It will be an open-ended exploration of the endless possibilities that the laws of physics allow for. --David Deutsch, author of The Beginning of Infinity

"Hugely ambitious, Chiara Marletto is the herald for a revolutionary new direction for physics. This book is essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of physics." --Lee Smolin, author of Life of the Cosmos

I enjoyed this book very much, not least because of the freshness of its approach to a subject that can easily become hard for the non-scientific mind to grasp. The theory of 'can and can't' is an intriguing way of describing problems that are not only scientific (it describes very well what a storyteller does, for instance), and Marletto's account of some things I thought I more or less understood (the nature of digital information, for one) illuminated them from an angle that showed them more clearly than I'd seen them before." --Philip Pullman