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A Beautiful Question - Finding Nature's Deep Design-logo

A Beautiful Question - Finding Nature's Deep Design

Frank Wilczek

Does the universe embody beautiful ideas? Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this "beautiful question." With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present. Wilczek's groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper order of beauty in nature. In fact, every major advance in his career came from this intuition: to assume that the universe embodies beautiful forms, forms whose hallmarks are symmetry—harmony, balance, proportion—and economy. There are other meanings of "beauty," but this is the deep logic of the universe—and it is no accident that it is also at the heart of what we find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring. Wilczek is hardly alone among great scientists in charting his course using beauty as his compass. As he reveals in A Beautiful Question, this has been the heart of scientific pursuit from Pythagoras, the ancient Greek who was the first to argue that "all things are number," to Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, and into the deep waters of twentiethcentury physics. Though the ancients weren't right about everything, their ardent belief in the music of the spheres has proved true down to the quantum level. Indeed, Wilczek explores just how intertwined our ideas about beauty and art are with our scientific understanding of the cosmos. Wilczek brings us right to the edge of knowledge today, where the core insights of even the craziest quantum ideas apply principles we all understand. The equations for atoms and light are almost literally the same equations that govern musical instruments and sound; the subatomic particles that are responsible for most of our mass are determined by simple geometric symmetries. The universe itself, suggests Wilczek, seems to want to embody beautiful and elegant forms. Perhaps this force is the pure elegance of numbers, perhaps the work of a higher being, or somewhere between. Either way, we don't depart from

Does the universe embody beautiful ideas? Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this "beautiful question." With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present. Wilczek's groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper order of beauty in nature. In fact, every major advance in his career came from this intuition: to assume that the universe embodies beautiful forms, forms whose hallmarks are symmetry—harmony, balance, proportion—and economy. There are other meanings of "beauty," but this is the deep logic of the universe—and it is no accident that it is also at the heart of what we find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring. Wilczek is hardly alone among great scientists in charting his course using beauty as his compass. As he reveals in A Beautiful Question, this has been the heart of scientific pursuit from Pythagoras, the ancient Greek who was the first to argue that "all things are number," to Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, and into the deep waters of twentiethcentury physics. Though the ancients weren't right about everything, their ardent belief in the music of the spheres has proved true down to the quantum level. Indeed, Wilczek explores just how intertwined our ideas about beauty and art are with our scientific understanding of the cosmos. Wilczek brings us right to the edge of knowledge today, where the core insights of even the craziest quantum ideas apply principles we all understand. The equations for atoms and light are almost literally the same equations that govern musical instruments and sound; the subatomic particles that are responsible for most of our mass are determined by simple geometric symmetries. The universe itself, suggests Wilczek, seems to want to embody beautiful and elegant forms. Perhaps this force is the pure elegance of numbers, perhaps the work of a higher being, or somewhere between. Either way, we don't depart from
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Does the universe embody beautiful ideas? Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this "beautiful question." With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present. Wilczek's groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper order of beauty in nature. In fact, every major advance in his career came from this intuition: to assume that the universe embodies beautiful forms, forms whose hallmarks are symmetry—harmony, balance, proportion—and economy. There are other meanings of "beauty," but this is the deep logic of the universe—and it is no accident that it is also at the heart of what we find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring. Wilczek is hardly alone among great scientists in charting his course using beauty as his compass. As he reveals in A Beautiful Question, this has been the heart of scientific pursuit from Pythagoras, the ancient Greek who was the first to argue that "all things are number," to Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, and into the deep waters of twentiethcentury physics. Though the ancients weren't right about everything, their ardent belief in the music of the spheres has proved true down to the quantum level. Indeed, Wilczek explores just how intertwined our ideas about beauty and art are with our scientific understanding of the cosmos. Wilczek brings us right to the edge of knowledge today, where the core insights of even the craziest quantum ideas apply principles we all understand. The equations for atoms and light are almost literally the same equations that govern musical instruments and sound; the subatomic particles that are responsible for most of our mass are determined by simple geometric symmetries. The universe itself, suggests Wilczek, seems to want to embody beautiful and elegant forms. Perhaps this force is the pure elegance of numbers, perhaps the work of a higher being, or somewhere between. Either way, we don't depart from

Language:

English

Length:

13h 46m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:30


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:23


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

00:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

00:22


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:49


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

00:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:06


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:21


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

00:48


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:31


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:18


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:32


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

01:41


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:18


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:59


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:35


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:50


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:33


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:25


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:00


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:45


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:38


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:24


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:38


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

01:10


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:13


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:47


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:32


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

00:53


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:54


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:50


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

01:56


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

01:32


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

01:37


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

01:16


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:22


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:56


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:52


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:07


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

01:17


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:17


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

00:42


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:00


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

01:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

01:05


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:40


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:15


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:32


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:22


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

01:36


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

00:30


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

01:56


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:38


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

02:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:32


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:11


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

01:20


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

02:43


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

01:36


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

02:20


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

01:51


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:06


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:44


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:02


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

00:40


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

02:52


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:15


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

00:46


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

00:35


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:34


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

01:41


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

00:54


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:31


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

00:45


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

01:45


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:44


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:11


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

01:02


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:21


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

01:10


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

02:59


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:26


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:09


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

01:24


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

00:30


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

01:37


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:22


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

02:14


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

01:20


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

00:52


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:45


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

01:34


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

02:55


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

01:08


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

02:13


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

01:30


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

01:07


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:29


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

00:33


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

02:22


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

00:53


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

01:41


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

01:49


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:05


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:23


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

01:16


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:21


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

02:01


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

02:06


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

01:28


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

03:19


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

07:34


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

01:20


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

08:54


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

03:59


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

01:16


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

02:55


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:38


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

03:34


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

02:02


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

02:20


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

03:55


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

01:18


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:39


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:13


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

01:30


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

06:18


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:07


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

05:40


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

02:49


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

03:16


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

01:56


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

01:35


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

01:51


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

01:50


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

00:55


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

00:34


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

06:36


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:53


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

02:50


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

02:07


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

05:55


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

04:44


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

03:54


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

05:54


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

03:16


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

02:15


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

01:42


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

01:22


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

07:05


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

07:57


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

04:21


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

03:08


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

01:38


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

05:22


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

00:59


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

05:33


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

08:43


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

07:16


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

07:03


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

07:17


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

08:26


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

07:52


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

09:37


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

06:53


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

07:08


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

08:25


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

07:58


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

09:16


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

09:08

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