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Universe or Multiverse?
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Recent developments in cosmology and particle physics, such as the string
landscape picture, have led to the remarkable realization that our
universe—rather than being unique—could be just one of many universes. The
multiverse proposal helps to explain the origin of the universe and some of its
observational features. Since the physical constants can be different in other
universes, the fine-tunings which appear necessary for the emergence of life may
also be explained. Nevertheless, many physicists remain uncomfortable with the
multiverse proposal, since it is highly speculative and perhaps untestable. In
this volume, a number of active and eminent researchers in the field—mainly
cosmologists and particle physicists but also some philosophers—address these
issues and describe recent developments. The articles represent the full
spectrum of views, providing for the first time an overview of the subject. They
are written at different academic levels, engaging lay-readers and researchers
alike

Table Of Contents

List of contributors page viii
Preface xi
Acknowledgements xiv
Editorial note xv
Part I Overviews 1
1 Introduction and overview 3
2 Living in the multiverse 29
3 Enlightenment, knowledge, ignorance, temptation 43
Part II Cosmology and astrophysics 55
4 Cosmology and the multiverse 57
5 The Anthropic Principle revisited 77
6 Cosmology from the top down 91
7 The multiverse hierarchy 99
8 The inflationary multiverse 127
9 A model of anthropic reasoning: the dark to ordinary matter ratio 151
10 Anthropic predictions: the case of the cosmological constant 163
11 The definition and classification of universes 181
12 M/string theory and anthropic reasoning 191
13 The anthropic principle, dark energy and the LHC 211
Part III Particle physics and quantum theory 219
14 Quarks, electrons and atoms in closely related universes 221
15 The fine-tuning problems of particle physics and anthropic mechanisms 231
16 The anthropic landscape of string theory 247
17 Cosmology and the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics 267
18 Anthropic reasoning and quantum cosmology 275
19 Micro-anthropic principle for quantum theory 285
Part IV More general philosophical issues 321
20 Scientific alternatives to the anthropic principle 323
21 Making predictions in a multiverse: conundrums, dangers, coincidences 367
22 Multiverses: description, uniqueness and testing 387
23 Predictions and tests of multiverse theories 411
24 Observation selection theory and cosmological fine-tuning 431
25 Are anthropic arguments, involving multiverses and beyond, legitimate? 445
26 The multiverse hypothesis: a theistic perspective 459
27 Living in a simulated universe 481
28 Universes galore: where will it all end? 487

Product Details

* ISBN: 0521848415
* ISBN-13: 9780521848411
* Format: Hardcover, 517pp
* Publisher: Cambridge University Press
* Pub. Date: June 2007

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