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Ultimate Explanations of the Universe

  • Michael Heller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  3. Models

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  4. Anthropic Principles and Other Universes

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  5. Creation of the Universe

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 1-31

About this book

Introduction

We humans are collectively driven by a powerful - yet not fully explained - instinct to understand. We would like to see everything established, proven, laid bare. The more important an issue, the more we desire to see it clarified, stripped of all secrets, all shades of gray. What could be more important than to understand the Universe and ourselves as a part of it? To find a window onto our origin and our destiny? This book examines how far our modern cosmological theories - with their sometimes audacious models, such as inflation, cyclic histories, quantum creation, parallel universes - can take us towards answering these questions. Can such theories lead us to ultimate truths, leaving nothing unexplained? Last, but not least, Heller addresses the thorny problem of why and whether we should expect to find theories with all-encompassing explicative power.

Keywords

Anthropic principle Cosmology and Creation Creation of universe Dawkins god delusion God delusion Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Theology and Science Ultimate cause Wittgenstein conference metaphysics truth

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Heller
    • 1
  1. 1.TarnowPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-02103-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-02102-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-02103-9
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