• Arpan Dey

Why Did I Decide To Write Our Physics So Far?

Updated: Oct 28, 2021

So yeah, I decided to write a popular science book on physics (Our Physics So Far), and finally, after a lot of struggle through the thickets of spacetime, consciousness, metaphysics and publishing, I got my book published with a fairly respectable publisher. But there are a lot of popular science books in the market, written by more qualified authors than myself. Then why did I decide to write this book in the first place? Well, the reason is pretty simple. One look at the subtitle of the book will be enough. A journey through spacetime, consciousness and the fundamental nature of reality. So my book is not just on physics, but on consciousness and metaphysics as well. In short, it describes humankind's journey exploring the fundamental nature of the reality. And this journey is not just the journey of physics, of course.

Here's a discussion on the different parts of the book. In Part 1, Physics And The Universe, you learn about cosmology, the origins of universe and physics. In Part 2, Relativity, you learn about – well, that’s pretty obvious – Einstein’s theory of relativity. Both the special and the general theory. Please note that I couldn’t keep equations entirely out of these chapters. However, this isn’t a textbook, and the targeted audience doesn’t wholly consist of physics undergraduates. So there are not many equations. If you want to get hold of the basic concept, without any equations, your wish will definitely be granted. In Part 3, Quantum Mechanics, you journey through the mysterious quantum world and feed your brain a basic understanding of the theory that has revolutionized the field of science. Then, we come to the philosophical interpretation of quantum mechanics. However, relativity and basic quantum mechanics are part of known physics, and that isn’t all that goes on in modern physics. In Part 4, Physics Today, you get to know what physicists are doing today, what is the goal of modern physics, how to deal with paradoxes like the information paradox, and how would a final theory, if ever we discover one, affect us. I took an interview of renowned physicist Edward Witten and asked him some of these questions, and more. You also learn what he said. In Part 5, Consciousness And Chaos, you learn about an entirely new and different science. Chaos theory. What does that even mean? What are fractals? After exploring a little of the world through the lenses of chaos theory, we turn to consciousness. One of the most bizarre and bewildering phenomena that is still somewhat beyond the reach of science. Is there a link between consciousness and chaos? We attempt to answer that. Then, in the final part, Deductions And Paradoxes, we wrap up the journey with three discussions. First, how does the human mind make deductions? How do we gain insights? And how to do it like – who else? – Sherlock Holmes? Then, we turn our attention to paradoxes. Fundamental, logical contradictions. How to deal with paradoxes, and what are they actually telling us about the fundamental nature of reality. Last, but not the least, we discuss some fundamental ideas regarding the origins of consciousness and reality.

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