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The Copernicus complex : our cosmic significance in a universe of planets and probabilities, Caleb Scharf

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The Copernicus complex : our cosmic significance in a universe of planets and probabilities
Title
The Copernicus complex
Title remainder
our cosmic significance in a universe of planets and probabilities
Statement of responsibility
Caleb Scharf
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "A groundbreaking revision of the Copernican principle Though the concept of "the universe" suggests the containment of everything, the latest ideas in cosmology hint that our universe may be just one of a multitude of others--a single slice of an infinity of parallel realities. In The Copernicus Complex, the renowned astrophysicist and author Caleb Scharf takes us on a cosmic adventure like no other, from tiny microbes within the Earth to distant exoplanets and beyond, asserting that the age-old Copernican principle is in need of updating. As Scharf argues, when Copernicus proposed that the Earth was not the fixed point at the center of the known universe (and therefore we are not unique), he set in motion a colossal scientific juggernaut, forever changing our vision of nature. But the principle has never been entirely true--we do live at a particular time, in a particular location, under particular circumstances. To solve this conundrum we must put aside our Copernican worldview and embrace the possibility that we are in a delicate balance between mediocrity and significance, order and chaos. Weaving together cutting-edge science and classic storytelling, historical accounts and speculations on what the future holds, The Copernicus Complex presents a compelling argument for what our true cosmic status is, and proposes a way forward for the ultimate quest: to determine life's abundance not just across this universe but across all realities"--
  • "A groundbreaking revision of the Copernican Principle"--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1968-
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Scharf, Caleb A.
Dewey number
523.1
Index
index present
LC call number
QB981
LC item number
.S34 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cosmology
  • Space and time
  • Life
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The Copernicus complex : our cosmic significance in a universe of planets and probabilities, Caleb Scharf
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http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/217/9780374129217/image/lgcover.9780374129217.jpg
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn869263752
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
278 page
Isbn
9780374709464
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Lccn
2014008035
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)869263752
Label
The Copernicus complex : our cosmic significance in a universe of planets and probabilities, Caleb Scharf
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/217/9780374129217/image/lgcover.9780374129217.jpg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn869263752
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
278 page
Isbn
9780374709464
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Lccn
2014008035
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)869263752

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