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This is an ambitious yet accessible book that spans the universe from its creation to yesterday and includes pretty much everything in it. Physicist and professor Russell Stannard, a confident guide through this complex and, at times, contradictory territory, proves skilled at analogies and visualizations, and sympathetic over the difficulty of the questions he raises. These are mind-shattering inquiries: thoughts about thoughts and observations about observations. The author presents this confusion as the status quo and illuminates how all the contradictions of physics still come together to define a universe. Stannard also reminds the reader that everything he describes could be obsolete tomorrow. He provides perspective for – and getAbstract recommends this book to – all those interested in science, predictions of the future, philosophy and human nature.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why scientific discovery may have limits,
  • Where those limits lie and
  • What science knows about the nature of the universe.

About the Author

Russell Stannard is an emeritus professor of physics at the United Kingdom’s Open University.



Limits to Scientific Discovery
Science has advanced rapidly throughout recent history, but don’t assume this progression will continue – ¬it can’t. Science won’t reach its limits anytime soon, but it will stop making fundamental discoveries. This won’t be because humanity knows everything...

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