The Copernicus Complex

The Copernicus Complex

Our Cosmic Significance in A Universe of Planets and Probabilities

Book - 2014
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"A groundbreaking revision of the Copernican principle Though the concept of "the universe" suggests the containment of everything, the latest ideas in cosmology hint that our universe may be just one of a multitude of others--a single slice of an infinity of parallel realities. In The Copernicus Complex, the renowned astrophysicist and author Caleb Scharf takes us on a cosmic adventure like no other, from tiny microbes within the Earth to distant exoplanets and beyond, asserting that the age-old Copernican principle is in need of updating. As Scharf argues, when Copernicus proposed that the Earth was not the fixed point at the center of the known universe (and therefore we are not unique), he set in motion a colossal scientific juggernaut, forever changing our vision of nature. But the principle has never been entirely true--we do live at a particular time, in a particular location, under particular circumstances. To solve this conundrum we must put aside our Copernican worldview and embrace the possibility that we are in a delicate balance between mediocrity and significance, order and chaos. Weaving together cutting-edge science and classic storytelling, historical accounts and speculations on what the future holds, The Copernicus Complex presents a compelling argument for what our true cosmic status is, and proposes a way forward for the ultimate quest: to determine life's abundance not just across this universe but across all realities"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374129217
0374129215
9780374709464
Branch Call Number: 523.1 SCH172C 2014
Characteristics: 278 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 08, 2015

The subject matter is pretty heavy and I have to read this book slow - very slow. It was well written and brings you up-to-date knowledge on how science views the universe. Many subtopics are covered and if you have any desire to know more about the origin of the universe, its past and the future it is heading, this book provides a lot of food for thought. I like this book enough to plan on purchasing my own copy. Highly recommended for the right audience.

srmechs Jan 10, 2015

This is the first science book I've read that looks ahead to the distant future of our planet, galaxy and universe. Very good for the history of science as well. I plan to read it again.

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