The Universe Within

Category: Book
By (author): Turok, Neil
Series: Massey Lectures
Subject:  LITERARY CRITICISM / General
  SCIENCE / General
  SCIENCE / History
  SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects
  SCIENCE / Physics / General
Awards: Lane Anderson Award (2012) Winner
Amazon.ca Best Books: Editors' Picks (2012) Commended
Libris Award (2013) Short-listed
Amazon.ca Best Books: Top 10 Nonfiction (2012) Commended
Charles Taylor Prize (2013) Long-listed
Publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc
Published: September 2012
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 8.00in x 5.00in x 0.68in
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From The Publisher*

"With [The Universe Within's] deeply thoughtful reflections on the place of science in society, on the need to educate the underserved, and on plenty of other topics rarely addressed in this sort of book, Turok takes you where no physicist has gone before. It's well worth making the journey with him." - TIME Magazine

Winner of the Lane Anderson Award, longlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize, shortlisted for the Libris Award for Non-Fiction and selected as an Amazon.ca Best Book

The most anticipated nonfiction book of the season, this year's Massey Lectures is a visionary look at the way the human mind can shape the future by world-renowned physicist Neil Turok.

Every technology we rely on today was created by the human mind, seeking to understand the universe around us. Scientific knowledge is our most precious possession, and our future will be shaped by the breakthroughs to come.

In this personal, visionary, and fascinating work, Neil Turok, Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, explores the transformative scientific discoveries of the past three centuries -- from classical mechanics, to the nature of light, to the bizarre world of the quantum, and the evolution of the cosmos. Each new discovery has, over time, yielded new technologies causing paradigm shifts in the organization of society. Now, he argues, we are on the cusp of another major transformation: the coming quantum revolution that will supplant our current, dissatisfying digital age. Facing this brave new world, Turok calls for creatively re-inventing the way advanced knowledge is developed and shared, and opening access to the vast, untapped pools of intellectual talent in the developing world. Scientific research, training, and outreach are vital to our future economy, as well as powerful forces for peaceful global progress.

Elegantly written, deeply provocative, and highly inspirational, The Universe Within is, above all, about the future -- of science, of society, of ourselves.

From The Publisher*

The most anticipated nonfiction book of the season, this year's Massey Lectures is a visionary look at the way the human mind can shape the future by world-renowned physicist Neil Turok.

Review Quote*The Universe Within takes the reader on a wondrous journey across space and time. Through an artful melding of science and personal narrative, Neil Turok -- one of the world's leading theoretical physicists -- conveys not only the excitement of forefront research, but the gripping human drama of exploring ourselves and the cosmos.
Review Quote*Neil Turok's The Universe Within provides an elegant, informative, and sometimes moving account, free of technicalities, of those powerful scientific, philosophical, and humanitarian influences underlying the personal drives of this highly distinguished mathematical physicist. I strongly recommend it.
Review Quote*The Universe Within is that rare thing, a genuinely exciting and exhilarating book. It is a mixture of polemic, celebrating science and reason with the eloquence and power of Sagan and Bronowski, and a beautifully written exploration of some of the great fundamental questions at the frontier of scientific knowledge. If you want to experience the excitement of modern science and understand why scientists devote their professional lives to the exploration of the unknown, then read this book.
Review Quote*Turok does an excellent job making accessible some of the most difficult concepts in physics, writing about science with a clarity that rivals Brian Greene and James Gleick ... by turns entertaining and instructive, The Universe Within above all offers hope.
Review Quote*Turok's excitement, expertise and passion for his field of physics are evident; his ability to communicate complex concepts is exceptional.
Review Quote*An excellent book for anyone who wants a general, accesible overview of our best understanding of the universe.
Review Quote*The Universe Within is concise, accessible and inspiring.
Review Quote*An excellent historical overview of mathematics and physics.