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In Search of a Theory of Everything Synopsis

In Search of a Theory of Everything takes readers on an adventurous journey through space and time on a quest for a unified theory of everything by means of a rare and agile interplay between the natural philosophies of influential ancient Greek thinkers and the laws of modern physics. By narrating a history and a philosophy of science, theoretical physicist Demetris Nicolaides logically connects great feats of critical mind and unbridled human imagination in their ambitious quest for the theory that will ultimately explain all the phenomena of nature via a single immutable overarching law. This comparative study of the universe tells the story of physics through philosophy, of the current via the forgotten, in a balanced way. Nicolaides begins each chapter with a relatively easier analysis of nature-one conceived by a major natural philosopher of antiquity-easing readers gradually into the more complex views of modern physics, by intertwining finely the two, the ancient with the new. Those philosophers' rigorous scientific inquiry of the universe includes ideas that resonate with aspects of modern science, puzzles about nature that still baffle, and clever philosophical arguments that are used today to reassess competing principles of modern physics and speculate about open physics problems. In Search of a Theory of Everything is a new kind of sight, a philosophical insight of modern physics that has long been left unexamined.

In Search of a Theory of Everything Press Reviews

The ideas of major Greek philosophers from classical antiquity pertaining to modern physics are examined in themselves and within the context of the current scientific understanding of nature in an engaging and lively exploration of the links between them. Ideas from philosophers such as Aristotle, Pythagoras, Zeno and Democritus are explained and connected to diverse topics in physics including the interpretation of quantum mechanics and the search for a theory of everything. * Walter Polkosnik, City University of New York * Demetris Nicolaides is to be congratulated for this fascinating book that presents profound and surprising links between the ideas of Greek philosophers of antiquity and the theories of contemporary physicists in their common quest to understand the cosmos and grasp its ultimate principles. I found the many and profound resemblances between contemporary science and ancient thought striking. * Richard McKirahan, Pomona College * At a time when science faces sharp challenges to its authority and philosophy faces fierce attacks on its relevance, Demetris Nicolaides makes a powerful, historically grounded case for their interdependence. InSearch of a Theory of Everything shows how millennia-old philosophical questions sit at the very heart of what makes modern science-and the purchase it offers on the world-compelling. * Joseph D. Martin, Durham University * In times like these-when the deep unity of science and philosophy is under attack from various quarters, in particular from the anti-Enlightenment forces so powerfully present in contemporary society-we need books like the one of Demetris Nicolaides. This is a crystal-clear demonstration that the unity is indeed real and important and that the Enlightenment project is alive and well. * Milan M. Cirkovic, Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780190098353
Publication date: 6th August 2020
Author: Demetris (Professor of Physics, Professor of Physics, Bloomfield College) Nicolaides
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Astronomy, space & time, History of science, Philosophy of science,

About Demetris (Professor of Physics, Professor of Physics, Bloomfield College) Nicolaides

Demetris Nicolaides is an award-winning professor of physics at Bloomfield College. He has authored two books, many scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, and presented his research at conferences nationally and internationally. He is a member of the American Physical Society, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the International Association for Presocratic Studies.

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