Item description for Zero to Infinity: The Foundations of Physics (Series on Knots and Everything) by Peter Rowlands...
Unique in its field, this book uses a methodology that is entirely new, creating the simplest and most abstract foundations for physics to date. The author proposes a fundamental description of process in a universal computational rewrite system, leading to an irreducible form of relativistic quantum mechanics from a single operator. This is not only simpler, and more fundamental, but also seemingly more powerful than any other quantum mechanics formalism available. The methodology finds immediate applications in particle physics, theoretical physics and theoretical computing. In addition, taking the rewrite structure more generally as a description of process, the book shows how it can be applied to large-scale structures beyond the realm of fundamental physics.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.76" Width: 6.77" Height: 1.89" Weight: 3.04 lbs.
Release Date Oct 17, 2007
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9812709142 ISBN13 9789812709141
Reviews - What do customers think about Zero to Infinity: The Foundations of Physics (Series on Knots and Everything)?
Zero to Infinity - P Rowlands Mar 8, 2009
Zero to Infinity, The Foundations of Physics Peter Rowlands, 2007, World Scientific Series on knots and everything; v.41 Hardcover, 713 pgs. ISBN 978-981-270-914-1
For some reason when I first hefted this interesting volume, quite soon I was reminded of Sir Roger Penrose's book `The Road to Reality'. One could almost as easily say there is little comparison as easily say that they are similar. They certainly attempt to explain the same thing - The fundamental basis of reality from the point of view of Physics. For this reason I think they make good companions and together whereby the contrast would give a 3-fold insight into the nature of physical reality.
Penrose relies somewhat on the twistor theory of his own invention and throws out a slightly wider net in an attempt to elucidate a broader spectrum of physical theory. Rowlands' work while still covering the full breath of physics which zero to infinity readily suggests, his scope is slightly narrower as he makes his delineation describing the foundations of physics from what he proposes as a `universal computational rewrite system', which one must admit is quite profound as it leads to a very simple form of relativistic quantum mechanics in terms of a single Dirac operator. What Rowlands' approach aims for is to find a simple unified theory of physics, or theory of everything (TOE) by finding a simple "process, a systematic way of proceeding with strong indications that we were on the right track". This book is truly on the right path...
The back cover of Zero to Infinity says, "This is not only simpler, and more fundamental, but also seemingly more powerful than any other quantum mechanics formalism available". I think one has no choice other than to agree that this statement is true. Rowlands performs much of this work in terms of quaternions, which every physicist knows provides a much simpler form of spinor algebra than all other formalisms used; but which has for the most part been ignored by the physics community. One can not help but wonder if this brilliant work will not now begin to turn the tide.
I highly recommend this volume to anyone wishing to devolve into any area of the foundations of Physics. While it is highly mathematical, the math is not overdone and there is more than sufficient prose and figures to make the book readable not just to graduate students and professional physicists but to any educated soul curious for about contemporary physics and its future. Rowlands has proven himself to be an excellent physicist and the clarity of his book reflects that.
Richard L. Amoroso, 2009 Noetic Advanced Studies Institute
Nature Code Is Strange but Extremely Simple! Nov 23, 2008
I've been reading this book for the past 11 months and have found it very interesting in several respects. It is not my area of expertise to make critical reviews on some of the specific and predictive models of the author(s), however from the perspective of someone who is very interested in the understanding of foundational issues in physics, and who reads extensively on the background materials, this book is highly recommended for its novel and intriguing approach to re-formulating physics in order to explain some of the notable paradoxes and stuck-points in physics and also point toward solutions to problematic situations. This is covered in 668 pages!
I have also been reading Roger Penrose's The Road to Reality and while highly appreciative of the works of Penrose, I can clearly see the different approaches to treating fundamental issues of physics.
Physics is part of my free studies, as I also spend time/energy on learning about systems and meta systems theories that in turn have led me to a deeper study of ontology of Being and Time; interested readers are highly encouraged to review works of Dr. Kent Palmer in this regard.
One of the best sections of this book is the bold attempt to apply (quaternionic) complex algebra treatment of space, time, mass and charge all in the context of symmetry laws for conservation, non-conservation, dimensionality and continuity of mass and discrete nature of charge. I find sections 2.4 -2.6 very insightful.
I recommend this book for its clarity and deep insight in formulating and conveying physics. But the reader will find out that in order to keep pace with this book, a thorough background in graduate physics will be required.