A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design

A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design

Frank Wilczek / Apr 10, 2020
A Beautiful Question Finding Nature s Deep Design Does the universe embody beautiful ideas Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this beautiful question With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide embark on a voyag
  • Title: A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design
  • Author: Frank Wilczek
  • ISBN: 9781594205262
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Does the universe embody beautiful ideas Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this beautiful question With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present Wilczek s groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper oDoes the universe embody beautiful ideas Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this beautiful question With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present Wilczek s groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper order of beauty in nature In fact, every major advance in his career came from this intuition to assume that the universe embodies beautiful forms, forms whose hallmarks are symmetry harmony, balance, proportion and economy There are other meanings of beauty, but this is the deep logic of the universe and it is no accident that it is also at the heart of what we find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring.Wilczek is hardly alone among great scientists in charting his course using beauty as his compass As he reveals in A Beautiful Question, this has been the heart of scientific pursuit from Pythagoras, the ancient Greek who was the first to argue that all things are number, to Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, and into the deep waters of twentiethcentury physics Though the ancients weren t right about everything, their ardent belief in the music of the spheres has proved true down to the quantum level Indeed, Wilczek explores just how intertwined our ideas about beauty and art are with our scientific understanding of the cosmos.Wilczek brings us right to the edge of knowledge today, where the core insights of even the craziest quantum ideas apply principles we all understand The equations for atoms and light are almost literally the same equations that govern musical instruments and sound the subatomic particles that are responsible for most of our mass are determined by simple geometric symmetries The universe itself, suggests Wilczek, seems to want to embody beautiful and elegant forms Perhaps this force is the pure elegance of numbers, perhaps the work of a higher being, or somewhere between Either way, we don t depart from the infinite and infinitesimal after all we re profoundly connected to them, and we connect them When we find that our sense of beauty is realized in the physical world, we are discovering something about the world, but also something about ourselves.Gorgeously illustrated, A Beautiful Question is a mind shifting book that braids the age old quest for beauty and the age old quest for truth into a thrilling synthesis It is a dazzling and important work from one of our best thinkers, whose humor and infectious sense of wonder animate every page Yes The world is a work of art, and its deepest truths are ones we already feel, as if they were somehow written in our souls.
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    1. The beautiful question is, whether the laws of physics are based on beauty are they simple, symmetric, proportioned and economical Wilczek is a Nobel Prize winner in physics Regardless of whether physics is based on beauty, Wilczek has written a beautiful book His style of writing is excellent, and the book is graced with plenty of engrossing diagrams and color illustrations.The earliest astronomers tried to make the orbits of the planets simpler than they actually are They tried to make their o [...]

    2. Fighting itOh wow Reading this book was quite an experience For one thing, to a person with no grounding in particle physics beyond what was included in a school curriculum that person is me, and there was very little , reading speed is best described by reference to a log scale I read the first batch in a day, the second in 2 days, the third in 4, the fourth But fundamentally than that, I struggled with the book on a deeper level I fought against some of Frank s ideas, and did not find it easy [...]

    3. I loved this book It truly made me appreciate Pythagoras, Plato, Newton, Maxwell, and Einstein s insights a lot It is very easy to comprehend and comes replete with great pictures that help the reader visualize the beautiful ideas that are embodied in Nature s Deep Design ElectroMagnetism, Gravity, Weak and Strong Force, Light, Sound, Geometry etc One of my favorite chapters was the chapter on the physics behind light and the color spectrum I thought I knew what colors were, but quickly realize [...]

    4. I had stopped reading popular science books because most of the new ones had nothing to say or they ended up in the land of woo This book does neither This book can work for any audience The artist will appreciate the beauty that the universe gives to us through its harmony of concordance, the obsessive reader of science books as I used to be will love the fact that the author takes one way beyond what they thought they knew and the PhD in physics will learn things he didn t know about the coher [...]

    5. This book, at its core is about beauty in nature and the power of that beauty to serve as a criterion for determining if a theory is true Can we use beauty as a guide to discover the laws of the universe It s a great question Wilczek points out the trouble the beauty criterion has caused from time to time, e.g Kepler s beautiful, but wrong, theory about planetary orbits In the end, Wilczek thinks beauty is a reliable indicator of reality The book reads like poetry and Wilczek is equally artists [...]

    6. Disclaimer I received this book through First Reads While the question Wilczek explores in this book is a compelling one, its pull is somewhat diminished by the foregone nature of the book s conclusion Wilczek himself declares that quantum theory is a definite answer yes just 8 pages in With the drama of the hunt somewhat deflated by this bizarre spoiler, Beautiful Question goes from the advertised quest to something like a meditation on the remarkable ability of scientists, from Pythagoras to [...]

    7. I do not come from a scientific background, and this is the first popular science book I read in the last 15 years, so it was definitely a challenge I happened to come across this book in a book shop, and I fell in love with the premise Naturally I was not able to understand everything Frank Wilczek wrote about, especially towards the end of the book, but did my best because I felt the book was worthwhile I took copious notes and I learned a lot For me this book was an adventure, and often the a [...]

    8. I received this book for free through First Reads.I have just received this book and I am looking forward to reading it I have already started reading, but just looking through teh first part I can see that it will take me some time to read thoroughly enjoy and understand the given material.I will update my review once I have had the opportunity to complete this book.

    9. I had a conversation with a friend, he just so happens to be an astrophysicist I felt like I was stepping all over my pud while talking with him I didn t understand so much about so many things That s ok To ask explore your ignorance is important to me, but the lovely thing is that I do t know enough to make assumptions so my questions are thrilling It s silly, but true This books explains graspable concepts like QCD theory, ideal to real, what where, super symmetry, and wave functions in fluid [...]

    10. This book styled as a meditation by the author aims to answer a single question does the universe embody beautiful concepts And while I readily agree with Wilczek s answer yes Undoubtedly, yes , his explanation of why leaves much to be desired The opening chapters dealing with Pythagoras and Plato were an entertaining read to be sure but the book quickly descends into a quagmire of theoretical physics crossed with quasi philosophical pondering Wilczek continually uses flowery, poetical language [...]

    11. Kesinlikle okunmasini tavsiye ettigim muhtesem bir kitap Fizik,bilim,sanat ve felsefe bir arada o kadar guzel islenmis ki bu kitap da, herkesde ve her yerde yakalayanamayacak bakis acilari sunuyor.Fizik de temel parcaciklarin aciklandigi Standard Model teorisinin otesine Higgs parcaciginin kesfi ile gecilmeye baslandi Karanlik maddeye de bir yanit getiren Supersimetri teorisi suan CERN de ki LHC deneyinde arastirilan cok onemli Standard Model otesi teorilerden Supersimetriyi Sokrat oncesi fizikc [...]

    12. learned alot but also felt very stupid so hard to wrap my brain around how intelligent some people arefascinating though

    13. Got a bit esoteric at the end, but I still enjoyed the book and appreciated the author s enthusiasm about science Some topics that stayed with me musings on how the physical processes that translate sound waves into music in our brains may impact how beautiful we interpret the music to be that light beams of different spectral colors are alternatively the same color viewed at different relative speeds artistic analogies involving perspective, anamorphic drawings about how to conceptualize the fo [...]

    14. The two things worth buying this book for are the event timeline and the definition sections The definitions of 5% normal matter, 27% dark matter, and 68% dark energy are most interesting Also important are the symmetry and super symmetry concepts which predict the existence of quantum particles.

    15. One of the most engaging books I ve ever read in terms of the content Also masterfully written and structured.

    16. This book took time for me to read and think about It was a great read and I will think about things differently from now on I received this book through first reads.

    17. A Beautiful Question is a Damn Good Book We have learned to work from symmetry towards truth Isn t it awesome when you discuss a topic with someone and they are knowledgeable and excited about the topic There are few books, and few thinkers, who are able to combine different realms of knowledge into a cohesive package Allow a grand simplification but books in the science camp are often dull and dry Books in the liberal arts realm soft and nonconclusive And we love to divide those into different [...]

    18. I am finding this book a difficult one to review I should preface my remarks by telling you that I have a Ph.D in experimental elementary particle physics from 1973, after which I left physics for the computer field When I retired in 2008, I decided to try to catch up with what has happened in elementary particle physics since my time in physics As a result, I have read a large number of laymen s books on physics and mathematics principally on Symmetry, which we were not taught during my physics [...]

    19. Was ok I did learn a few things about physics that I didn t already know And the history of physics is quite interesting.What really bugged me was the lack of math We spent a couple of chapters on the Maxwell equations of electrodynamics and never saw the governing equations We never formally covered the local galilean transform.This book did remind me of the beauty of our current theories But in general added little.

    20. This turned out to be a decent little survey book, but I never felt that the authors central argument was convincingly proven The whole premise sort of begs the question Nature is the way that it is because it is beautiful But we are part of nature, and our facility for judging beauty is created by nature We find the organized phenomena of the natural world beautiful because our brains are made to do so, not because they have some inherent, objective beauty Maybe

    21. Fascinating read but it s often too dense for the non expert Still, there is a wealth of insight available here thought provoking and intriguing I m not sure how this isn t a proof for God too but hey that s me.

    22. A wonderful journey through the world of physics and mathematics joined up so many dots and once again reminded me that there is always so much to be learned A beautiful question, and a beautiful answer Loved it.

    23. Probably a good book but I wasn t interested enough to reach the conclusion The physics kept ramping up and I couldn t help asking myself what I possibly could gain from it So I put it down and it s likely to stay that way.

    24. A profound and indeed beautiful exploration of the role of beauty in science that was, unfortunately, over my head much of the time.

    25. This was a really interesting book Quite a bit of the quantum mechanics stuff went over my head, and it was difficult to absorb a lot of it while listening to the audiobook.

    26. Wilcek is brilliant, no question His last book brought the ether back.This one is broad and scope and quite deep I will read it again in a few months.I need some time to digest it.

    27. little too much for a physics dimwit here, who is little interested in the subject n find himself much less amused now.

    28. An in depth review on whether the world embodies beautiful ideas Incredibly interesting and towards the end, full of what s the latest in quantum theory.

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