Summary of The End of Discovery

Are We Approaching the Boundaries of the Knowable?

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The End of Discovery book summary
Does science have limits? Are there things we can’t ever know?


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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.


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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About the Author

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

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