Susskind is the author of several popular science books. The question addressed here is why our universe is fine-tuned for our existence. Susskind explains that Weinberg calculated that if the cosmological constant was just a little different, our universe would cease to exist. The book sparked from a debate that started in , when there was a meeting of physicists to try to decode some of the mysteries about how particles of particular elemental compounds function.
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Susskind is the author of several popular science books. The question addressed here is why our universe is fine-tuned for our existence. Susskind explains that Weinberg calculated that if the cosmological constant was just a little different, our universe would cease to exist.
The book sparked from a debate that started in , when there was a meeting of physicists to try to decode some of the mysteries about how particles of particular elemental compounds function. During this discussion Stephen Hawking stated that the information inside a black hole is lost forever as the black hole evaporates. It took 28 years for Leonard Susskind to formulate his theory that would prove Hawking wrong. He then published his theory in his book, The Black Hole War.
He writes: "The real tools for understanding the quantum universe are abstract mathematics: infinite dimensional Hilbert spaces, projection operators, unitary matrices and a lot of other advanced principles that take a few years to learn.
The Theoretical Minimum book series[ edit ] Susskind co-authored a series of companion books to his lecture series The Theoretical Minimum. The Theoretical Minimum lecture series[ edit ] Susskind teaches a series of Stanford Continuing Studies courses about modern physics referred to as The Theoretical Minimum.
The Theoretical Minimum lectures later formed the basis for the books of the same name. The sequence covers classical mechanics , relativity , quantum mechanics , statistical mechanics , and cosmology , including the physics of black holes. Susskind aims the courses at people with prior exposure to algebra, and calculus. Susskind explains most of the mathematics used, which form the basis of the lectures.
Having not had the chance to read the paper, Susskind requested a summarization of his arguments. Smolin obliged, and on July 28, , Susskind responded, saying that the logic Smolin followed "can lead to ridiculous conclusions. Personal life[ edit ] He has been married twice, first in ,  and has four children.
Susskind is a great-grandfather.
The Cosmic Landscape (2005)
Basically, he is telling us something that Hume told us, what, about years ago, that the universe seems beautifully designed to allow life to exist which leads some to propose the notion that it must therefore have been specifically and deliberately designed for us to live in because we do in fact live in it. The reality of course is that we arose in it; it caused us, and we are its effect. Hume lacked the theoretical physics to explain it mathematically, but he was right. He must be right because the great Leonard Susskind says s Okay, that is me intruding my own unpleasant personality on the subject matter. This book gives its theories free of the God-of-the-gaps explanation that: "God made it so", which I agree is completely sensible and expected in a real science book, since science deals with matters of the physical world and only its most necessary constituents, not matters of faith or philosophy.
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