“Playful and enchanting.” —Priyamvada Natarajan, Wall Street Journal
Could there be a civilization on a mote of dust? How much of your fate have you made? Using pleasingly paradoxical vignettes, known as Koans, that follow the ancient Zen tradition and have a flair for explaining complex science, physicist Anthony Aguirre tackles cosmic questions from the meaning of quantum theory and the nature of time to the origin of multiple universes.
About the Author
Anthony Aguirre is professor of physics at the University of California–Santa Cruz and cofounder of the Foundational Questions Institute. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.
[A] gem of a book.
— Carlo Rovelli, author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
There is nothing like Cosmological Koans on the shelves.… I can think of no other book that so effectively elicits a sense of wonder.
— Jenann T. Ismael, author of How Physics Makes Us Free
[A] unique and beautifully written masterpiece.
— Max Tegmark, author of Life 3.0
[Cosmological Koans] will stretch your imagination almost to the breaking point, and your understanding of reality will come away more healthy and flexible than before.
— Sean Carroll, author of The Big Picture