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Barrow, John D. 1952-

Works: 134 works in 802 publications in 16 languages and 32,914 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Miscellanea  Humor  History  Pictorial works  Conference papers and proceedings  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: QB981, 501
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Most widely held works about John D Barrow
Most widely held works by John D Barrow
Theories of everything : the quest for ultimate explanation by John D Barrow( Book )

64 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 2,590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lays out and examines the ingredients that are required to claim a full understanding of the observable universe. Also explains how developments in modern physics are changing these criteria, and asks whether a total understanding of the physical universe is a theoretical possibility
Pi in the sky : counting, thinking, and being by John D Barrow( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and Italian and held by 1,942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whether one studies the farthest reaches of outer space or the inner space of elementary particles of matter, our understanding of the physical world is built upon that strange symbolic language we call mathematics. But what exactly is mathematics? And why does it work? Is it just an elaborate computer game? Or merely a human invention inspired by our practical needs? Or is it something larger than life? An immaterial 'pi in the sky' reality all of its own? Part of the mind of God? And how do the answers to these questions affect our quest to arrive at an understanding of the Universe? John D. Barrow explores these tantalizing questions in this book, a lively and illuminating study of the origins, the meaning, and the mystery of mathematics. He takes us from primitive counting to computability, from the counting rituals of the ancients to logics that govern universes other than our own, from Egyptian hieroglyphics to logical friction, from number mysticism to Marxist mathematics. We learn of the origins of counting the world over, the propensities of the human mind for the numerical when in pursuit of the ineffable, and how the dethronement of Euclid's geometry ushered in a new world of philosophical relativism in which traditional truths were dissolved. We meet a host of peculiar individuals who have thought some of the deepest and strangest thoughts that human minds have ever thought. And in a extraordinary final chapter, the Platonic picture of mathematics is developed in a startling new way that challenges us to consider how the mathematics of the future may turn out to be radically different from that of the present, and how it impinges upon our efforts to create an artificial intelligence. Full of the off-beat and the unexpected and quoting everyone from Lao-Tse to Robert Pirsig, to Charles Darwin and Stephen Leacock, Kurt Godel and Umberto Eco, Pi in the Sky is a profound - and profoundly different - exploration of the world of mathematics: where it comes from, what it is, and where it's going to take us if we follow it to the limit in our search for the ultimate meaning of the Universe
The left hand of creation : the origin and evolution of the expanding universe by John D Barrow( Book )

39 editions published between 1983 and 1999 in 6 languages and held by 1,859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

100 essential things you didn't know you didn't know : math explains your world by John D Barrow( Book )

42 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 1,741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mathematics can reveal and illuminate things about the complex world we live in that can't be found any other way. In this informative and entertaining book, John D. Barrow takes the most perplexing of everyday phenomena--from the odds of winning the lottery and the method of determining batting averages to the shapes of roller coasters and the reasoning behind the fairest possible divorce settlements--and explains why things work the way they do. With elementary math and accompanying illustrations, he sheds light on the mysterious corners of the world we encounter every day. Have you ever considered why you always seem to get stuck in the longest line? Why two's company but three's a crowd? Or why there are six degrees of separation instead of seven? This clever little book has all the answers to these puzzling, everyday questions of existence that need not perplex us any more.--From publisher description
The origin of the universe by John D Barrow( Book )

53 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 1,739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Writing with rare stylistic verve and a real commitment to lucid explanations of complex ideas, John D. Barrow has produced a book that "expertly encapsulates our knowledge, speculations, and questions about the origins of the universe" (John Paulos, author of Innumeracy) and is as "up-to-date as the fixing of the Hubble telescope" (Martin Gardner)." "There is no more fascinating question in all of science than that of how space, matter, and even time began. Now Barrow, who has been at the cutting edge of this research, explains the complex physical processes that we now know govern the origin of the universe. Here is a treatment so up-to-date and intellectually rich, dealing with ideas and speculations at the farthest frontier of science, that neither novice nor expert will want to miss what Barrow has to say." "More than simply setting out the most current theory of the origin of the universe, Barrow describes what makes cosmology possible. He shows how scientists, by exploring crucial points of contact between the behavior of matter during its early history and the observed structure of the universe today, came to understand more fully all the entities in the universe - from elementary particles to great clusters of galaxies." "Moving to the frontier questions of modern cosmology, Barrow discusses how to understand whether time had a beginning; why scientists feel there may be extra dimensions to space; and what the remarkable consequences may be of cosmic wormholes - links between otherwise disconnected parts of space and time. He also shows why the discoveries made by NASA's COBE satellite are of such paramount importance."
The book of universes : exploring the limits of the cosmos by John D Barrow( Book )

30 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 1,514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Einstein's theory of general relativity opens the door for the study of other possible universes- and weird universes at that. Not many solutions to Einstein's tantalizing equations have ever been found, but those we know about are all remarkable: universes that expand or contract, universes where time travel is possible, universes that spin and bounce, magnetic universes, chaotic universes, and accelerating universes. Despite their odd features, all these universes could exist without breaking the laws of physics. This book gives us a stunning tour of these potential universes, introducing us along the way to the brilliant physicists and mathematicians who first imagined- and, through tricky manipulations of Einstein's theory- demonstrated the possibility of such startlingly diverse universes. The book also explains the latest discoveries and ideas about our own universe, showing how they lead to the concepts of the inflationary universe and the "multiverse"--The universe of all possible universes- along with the possibility that there are other dimensions of space and time. These ideas force us to confront the possibility that our visible universe is a tiny region, governed by its own laws, within a multiverse containing all the strange universes that could be- an idea that is among the most exciting and revolutionary in all of modern science. -- from Book Jacket
The artful universe by John D Barrow( Book )

49 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 1,471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Art Universe, Barrow explores the close ties between our aesthetic appreciation and the basic nature of the Universe, challenging the commonly held view that our sense of beauty is entirely free and unfettered. Barrow argues that the laws of the Universe, its environments and its astronomical appearance, have imprinted themselves upon our thoughts and actions in subtle and unexpected ways. Why do we like certain types of art or music? What games and puzzles do we find challenging? Why do so many myths and legends have common elements? Who created the cornucopia of constellations in the night sky? And why? In this eclectic and entertaining survey, Barrow answers these questions and more as he explains how the landscape of the Universe has influenced the development of philosophy and mythology, and how millions of years of evolutionary history have fashioned our attraction to certain patterns of sound and color. Barrow casts the story of human creativity and thought in a fascinating light, considering such diverse topics as our instinct for language, the origins and uses of color in Nature, why we divide time into intervals as we do, the sources of our appreciation of landscape painting, and whether computer-generated fractal art is really art. Barrow reconsiders the question of whether intelligent extraterrestrial life exists, showing that the benefits (and even the likelihood) that might follow from the discovery of life on other worlds could be very different from what we might have been led to expect. Remarkably, we find that some of the properties of the Universe that are essential for the existence of any form of life play a key role in determining psychological and religious responses to the Cosmos
The anthropic cosmological principle by John D Barrow( Book )

45 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 1,448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The constants of nature : from Alpha to Omega--the numbers that encode the deepest secrets of the universe by John D Barrow( Book )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A physicist describes what the constants of nature reveal about the inner workings of the world and explains how, despite our expertise at measuring the values of such numbers, we cannot explain nor predict them
The book of nothing : vacuums, voids, and the latest ideas about the origins of the universe by John D Barrow( Book )

33 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the concept of nothingness, from the origins of zero in ancient India to attempts by modern mathematics, cosmology, theology, and physics to explain the role of "nothing" in the structure of the universe
The world within the world by John D Barrow( Book )

42 editions published between 1988 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 1,266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a wide-ranging interdisciplinary study of the evolving concept of laws of Nature. The author traces the gradual deveopment of our concept of what law of Nature are and how we come to know them. The scientific and mathematical concepts are discussed in a serious but non-technical style within a historical context
The infinite book : a short guide to the boundless, timeless, and endless by John D Barrow( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 1,218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the concept of infinity, tracing the history and meaning of infinity from ancient times to the present day, and examining the diverse permutations of the infinite and their influence on the human sense of the world around
Impossibility : the limits of science and the science of limits by John D Barrow( Book )

46 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in 9 languages and held by 1,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the frontiers of knowledge, discussing the restrictions that may be imposed upon a full understanding of the physical universe by the limits of technology, computers, cost, and complexity; and considering how the mind's awareness of the impossible influences perceptions of reality
Cosmic imagery : key images in the history of science by John D Barrow( Book )

20 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We live in a visual age - an age of images: iconic, instant and influential. In this remarkable book John D. Barrow traces their history in order to tell the story of modern science."--Jacket
Mathletics : a scientist explains 100 amazing things about the world of sports by John D Barrow( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A math professor shows how math and physics can offer unexpected insights into the world of sports, from the g-forces experienced by gymnasts during the "giant swing" maneuver to an explanation as to why left-handed boxers have a strategic advantage
Science and ultimate reality : quantum theory, cosmology, and complexity( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This snapshot of the future of physics comprises contributions from recognized authorities inspired by the pioneering work of John Wheeler. Quantum theory represents a unifying theme within the book, as it relates to the topics of the nature of physical reality, cosmic inflation, the arrow of time, models of the universe, superstrings, quantum gravity and cosmology. Attempts to formulate a final unification of physics are also considered, along with the existence of hidden dimensions of space, hidden cosmic matter, and the strange world of quantum technology
Between inner space and outer space : essays on science, art, and philosophy by John D Barrow( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The universe that discovered itself by John D Barrow( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and Japanese and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Are there really laws of nature out there, waiting to be discovered? Or are they an illusion? A retitled and revised edition of The World Within the World, this is John Barrow's extraordinary study of how we view the universe. Covering the magical notions of primitive cultures to the latest ideas about chaos, black holes, inflation, and superstrings, the book traces the development of our concept of what the laws of nature are and how we come to know them."--Jacket
The physical universe : the interface between cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics : proceedings of the XII Autumn School of Physics held at Lisbon, Portugal, 1-5 October 1990 by John D Barrow( Book )

18 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meant as a review for students of astrophysics and particle physics, this book contains a selection of survey articles and seminar reports on "high energy cosmology". Included are contributions on topics ranging from classical cosmology, large scale structure, and primordial nucleosynthesis to quantum cosmology, covering both the theoretical aspects and the most important observations
Fitness of the cosmos for life : biochemistry and fine-tuning by John D Barrow( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This highly interdisciplinary book highlights many of the ways in which chemistry plays a crucial role in making life an evolutionary possibility in the universe. Cosmologists and particle physicists have often explored how the observed laws and constants of nature lie within a narrow range that allows complexity and life to evolve and adapt. Here, these anthropic considerations are diversified in a host of new ways to identify the most senstive features of biochemistry and astrobiology."--Cover
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Barrow, J. D.

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Pi in the sky : counting, thinking, and beingThe left hand of creation : the origin and evolution of the expanding universe100 essential things you didn't know you didn't know : math explains your worldThe origin of the universeThe book of universes : exploring the limits of the cosmosThe artful universeThe anthropic cosmological principleThe constants of nature : from Alpha to Omega--the numbers that encode the deepest secrets of the universe