Cosmological Koans: A Journey to the Heart of Physical Reality (Paperback)
“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.
— 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