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Book Title: La Fin Des Certitudes|
The size of the: 991 KB
Edition: O. Jacob
Date of issue: 2009
The author of the book: Ilya Prigogine
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9782738123893
Read full description of the books La Fin Des Certitudes:It must be said that my background in mathematics (which is about what could be expected of a "layman" who is interested in science) was not quite up to following the mathematical demonstrations in the book. For a book allegedly written for a lay audience, the author could have done better laying out the mathematics, or at least recommending some introductory texts. At least the book is extensively footnoted, so one could presumably follow up on the references and educate oneself...
Without more confidence in the mathematical claims, it is hard to verify whether this text is as "revolutionary" as it claims to be. To give the authors the benefit of the doubt however, philosophically thier claim is a compelling one: that both classical Newtonian dynamics and quantum mechanics need to be extended by maths that can account for the probablistic behavior of ensembles; and when this is done it accounts (at a formal/mathematical level) for an "arrow of time" and explains irreversible processes (like movements towards equilibriums). The authors claim that this means we live in a probablistic, not a deterministic, universe. This much can be gleaned from reading the dust jacket. Without a strong background in mathematics/physics, I doubt if anyone will get much more out of this book.
Read information about the authorIlya, Viscount Prigogine (Russian: Илья́ Рома́нович Приго́жин, Ilya Romanovich Prigozhin) was a Russian-born naturalized Belgian physical chemist and Nobel Laureate noted for his work on dissipative structures, complex systems, and irreversibility.
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