Worlds Without End

Worlds Without End

The Many Lives of the Multiverse ... in Which Are Discussed Pre-, Early-, and Postmodern Multiple-worlds Cosmologies ; the Sundry Arguments for and Against Them ; the Striking Peculiarities of Their Adherents and Detractors ; the Shifting Boundaries of Science, Philosophy, and Religion ; and the Stubbornly Persistent Question of Whether Creation Has Been "designed"

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Beginning with ancient Atomist and Stoic philosophies, Rubenstein links contemporary models of the multiverse to their forerunners and explores the reasons for their recent appearance. One concerns the so-called fine-tuning of the universe: nature's constants are so delicately calibrated that it seems they have been set just right to allow life to emerge. In their very efforts to sidestep metaphysics, theoretical physicists propose multiverse scenarios that collide with it and even produce counter-theological narratives. Far from invalidating multiverse hypotheses, Rubenstein argues, this interdisciplinary collision actually secures their scientific viability.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9780231156622
0231156626
023152742X
9780231527422
Branch Call Number: 523.1 R823W 2014
Characteristics: xii, 343 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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