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Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe
Title Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe
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Publisher Knopf
Release DateFebruary 18, 2020
Category Nonfiction
Total Pages 408 pages
ISBN B07S3RJ6HP
Book Rating 4.5 out of 5 from 947 reviews
Language EN, ES, BE, DA ,DE , NL and FR
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Instant New York Times Best-seller “A splendid and invigorating read.” —Maria Popova, Brain Pickings From the world-renowned physicist and best-selling author of The Elegant Universe comes a captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose. Until the End of Time is Brian Greene's breathtaking new exploration of the cosmos and our quest to find meaning in the face of this vast expanse. Greene takes us on a journey from the big bang to the end of time, exploring how lasting structures formed, how life and mind emerged, and how we grapple with our existence through narrative, myth, religion, creative expression, science, the quest for truth, and a deep longing for the eternal. From particles to planets, consciousness to creativity, matter to meaning—Brian Greene allows us all to grasp and appreciate our fleeting but utterly exquisite moment in the cosmos.

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Title Summary of Until the End of Time By Brian Greene
Author Anonim
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Release Date 2020-06-02
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Elegant Universe
Author Brian Greene
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2000
Category Science
Total Pages 448
ISBN 9780375708114
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Introduces the superstring theory that attempts to unite general relativity and quantum mechanics

I Am A Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter

Title I Am a Strange Loop
Author Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher Basic Books
Release Date 2007-08-01
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 436
ISBN 9780465008377
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Can thought arise out of matter? Can self, soul, consciousness, “I” arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here? I Am a Strange Loop argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the “strange loop”—a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. The most central and complex symbol in your brain is the one called “I.” The “I” is the nexus in our brain, one of many symbols seeming to have free will and to have gained the paradoxical ability to push particles around, rather than the reverse. How can a mysterious abstraction be real—or is our “I” merely a convenient fiction? Does an “I” exert genuine power over the particles in our brain, or is it helplessly pushed around by the laws of physics? These are the mysteries tackled in I Am a Strange Loop, Douglas Hofstadter's first book-length journey into philosophy since Gödel, Escher, Bach. Compulsively readable and endlessly thought-provoking, this is a moving and profound inquiry into the nature of mind.

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