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Roger Penrose: The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
Published 2004, Vintage
Subject Matter
Contents
- Preface
- Acknowledgements
- Notation
- Prologue
- 1 The roots of science
- 2 An ancient theorem and a modern question
- 3 Kinds of number in the physical world
- 4 Magical complex numbers
- 5 Geometry of logarithms, powers, and roots
- 6 Real-number calculus
- 7 Complex-number calculus
- 8 Riemann surfaces and complex mappings
- 9 Fourier decomposition and hyperfunctions
- 10 Surfaces
- 11 Hypercomplex numbers
- 12 Manifolds of $n$ dimensions
- 13 Symmetry groups
- 14 Calculus on manifolds
- 15 Fibre bundles and gauge connections
- 16 The ladder of infinity
- 17 Spacetime
- 18 Minkowskian geometry
- 19 The classical fields of Maxwell and Einstein
- 20 Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
- 21 The quantum particle
- 22 Quantum algebra, geometry, and spin
- 23 The entangled quantum world
- 24 Dirac's electron and antiparticles
- 25 The standard model of particle physics
- 26 Quantum field theory
- 27 The Big Bang and its thermodynamic legacy
- 28 Speculative theories of the early universe
- 29 The measurement paradox
- 30 Gravity's role in quantum state reduction
- 31 Supersymmetry, supra-dimensionality, and strings
- 32 Einstein's narrower path; loop variables
- 33 More radical perspectives; twistor theory
- 34 Where lies the road to reality?
- Epilogue
- Bibliography
- Index