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Book Title: La Fin Des Certitudes The size of the: 991 KB Edition: O. Jacob Date of issue: 2009 ISBN: 2738123899 The author of the book: Ilya Prigogine Language: English Format files: PDF ISBN 13: 9782738123893 |
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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.
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Ilya, 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.Add a comment to La Fin Des Certitudes
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