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The Great Unknown: Seven Journeys to the Frontiers of Science
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Viking
Publication date April 11, 2017
Pages 464
Binding Hardcover
ISBN-13 9780735221802
ISBN-10 0735221804
Dimensions 1.44 by 6.44 by 9.56 in.
Original list price $30.00
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: “An engaging voyage into some of the great mysteries and wonders of our world." --Alan Lightman, author of Einstein’s Dream and The Accidental Universe
 
“No one is better at making the recondite accessible and exciting.” —Bill Bryson

Brainpicking and Kirkus Best Science Book of the Year


Ever since the dawn of civilization we have been driven by a desire to know--to understand the physical world and the laws of nature. But are there limits to human knowledge? Are some things beyond the predictive powers of science, or are those challenges simply the next big discovery waiting to happen?

Marcus du Sautoy takes us into the minds of science's greatest innovators and reminds us that major breakthroughs were often ridiculed at the time of their discovery. Then he carries us on a whirlwind tour of seven "Edges" of knowledge - inviting us to consider the problems in quantum physics, cosmology, probability and neuroscience that continue to bedevil scientists who are at the front of their fields. He grounds his personal exploration of some of science's thorniest questions in simple concepts like the roll of dice, the notes of a cello, or how a clock measures time. 

Exhilarating, mind-bending, and compulsively readable, The Great Unknown challenges us to think in new ways about every aspect of the known world as it invites us to consider big questions - about who we are and the nature of God - that no one has yet managed to answer definitively.

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