We’re talking to LEE SMOLIN, whose new model of the cosmos puts the prediction business in question

10 Jun

Can the future be predicted? In his new book Time Reborn, physicist Lee Smolin sets out to show that the world is an unpredictable place, and that common-sense, Newtonian habits of thought prove seriously mistaken when applied to the great unbounded problems of our age, from economics to climate change.

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Time Reborn: From the Crisis of Physics to the Future of the Universe
Lee Smolin
Allen Lane, HB £20 / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HB $28

In the first part of our interview, Lee Smolin explains why Newtonian physics cannot be applied to the world as a whole, and why the work of Newton’s great rival, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, may hold the key to a new model of the universe.

In part two, Smolin explores the human implications of a world where time is real and true novelty in nature is possible.

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