The Life of the Cosmos has ratings and 42 reviews. David said: Lee Smolin presents an interesting hypothesis that attempts to explain why the fundame. CHAPTER ONE. The Life of the Cosmos. By LEE SMOLIN Oxford University Press. Read the Review. LIGHT and LIFE. Science is, above everything else. The life of the cosmos / by Lee Smolin. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN X. ISBN (Pbk.) 1. Cosmology.

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His theory has been critiqued on occasion Vaas ; Vilenkinand continues to be elaborated and defended SmolinHave these parameters been set to special values llee make our Universe rich, complex and interesting? Indeed, it is much more than plausible, for according to the law of increasing entropy, it is much lfe probable that the world be disorganized, be merely a gas in thermal equilibrium.

And what then are the galaxies?

All this is speculation, of course. In the book, Smolin details his Fecund universes which applies the principle of natural selection to the birth of universes.

But the situation is probably similar to the one of Copernicus discussed above. In the case of Smolin, the chances of being correct might be 1 in 2 40or about 1 in a trillion see the discussion below. Cosmologist Lee Smolin offers a startling new theory of the universe that is at once elegant, comprehensive, and radically different from anything proposed before. We shall see that, in spite of all that we have learned, given the basic principles and laws of nature as we understand them now, it is extraordinarily improbable that the universe be full of stars.

Then they would no longer be the smallest things. This, perhaps more than anything else, accounts for the peculiar combination of interest and distance that many people seem to bring to a meeting with a physicist. Perhaps the first thing to do is to try to look around us with fresh eyes and examine the evidence that is close at hand. Suddenly there were two worlds: He then presents his own arguments for some pretty radical frameworks that we might use to bridge the gap between the two.


This book reminds me of why, despite pseudo-deep 3am geek bull sessions freshman year of college about So Lee Smolin is like really fucking smart. Also, two distinct and equally true theories: I also like the book because it addresses the philosophical origins and implications of Newtonian physics the absolutegen rel the relationaland QM the observational and probabilisticrather than merely describing what these theories are.

There are dozens of parameters pertinent to our world. The most important lesson of The Life of the Cosmos is that evolution might apply to the Universe. Classical and Quantum Gravity 9: Let us begin with an image that comes to mind when one asks the question of what our place is in the universe.

This book also has some fantastic interpretations of general relativity and natural selection, which themselves make it worth reading. Light is smo,in only our medium of contact with the world; in a very real sense, it is the basis of our existence.

Cosmological natural selection (fecund universes) – Evo Devo Universe

The book is deeply philosophical, and the book makes clear which parts are pure speculation. This page was last edited on 14 Mayat He moves us away from the absolute and toward the relative; away from the static and toward the dynamic; and away from reductionism and toward a global viewpoint. Why is it not closer to thermal equilibrium, as nineteenth century cosmologists expected? In modern times, scientists tell us that forces do the same.

For example, here are some sentences from a typical paragraph: Taking an adaptationist view of CNS, in an approach called CNS-I CNS with intelligence Price argues that intelligence is more likely than black holes to be an adaptation self-designed by natural selection.

He has to cosmoss careful, but it doesn’t make for easy reading. Set adrift, we have now to ask new questions about how the regularities we refer to as the laws of physics came to be and whether, and how, they can change.


After all, the dominant literary theory taught cosjos my colleagues these llee is that books must be read as if, in a certain sense, the author does not exist. He further develops this speculative idea in his transcension hypothesisciting apparent advantages of black hole-like conditions for the perpetuation of life and intelligence in an entropic universe.

The little Feynman in my ear yells, “Hooey! First of all, cosmology becomes an evolutionary process, one however that is ler from Earth’s organic evolution in that universes are not alive and there is no competition among them; there is no “survival of the fittest” principle.

As long as we do not comprehend why it was probable that living things formed spontaneously as soon as conditions in the earth’s oceans allowed, our understanding of biology must be considered incomplete.

The Life of the Cosmos

The entropy of a living thing is consequently much lower, atom for atom, than anything else in the world. The reader must have a high IQ — deep philosophical reasoning and non-trivial logical analyses are involved. That takes real skill and Smolin has it. That’s the fun part!

Once I suspected this I began to ask myself what exactly is it that they don’t like about the Newtonian view of the cosmos? If I sleep with my cat, he wakes up for the few minutes he condescends to enter that state with his own unique temperature.

The important question, if we are to try to begin again, is which assumptions we should keep and which we should throw away.