Brian Clegg: Life In A Random Universe
Monday 24th February 2014 - Starts 7pm
TICKET PRICE: £8
CITY BOOKS In Association With The Brighton Science Festival
Dice World: Science & Life In A Random Universe by Brian Clegg
From author of the popular and acclaimed Inflight Science and The Universe Inside You – extremely approachable, enjoyable popular science. Perfect non-fiction for fans of Luke Rhinehart’s The Dice Man.
The proof, at last, that we do all live in a random and irrational universe…
As troubling as we pattern-seeking humans may find it, modern science has repeatedly shown us that randomness is the underlying heartbeat of nature.
In Dice World, acclaimed science writer Brian Clegg takes readers on an incredible trip around our random universe, uncovering the truths and lies behind probability and statistics, explaining how chaotic intervention is behind every great success in business, and demonstrating the possibilities quantum mechanics has given us for creating unbreakable ciphers and undergoing teleportation.
He explores how the ‘clockwork universe’ imagined by Newton, in which everything could be predicted given enough data, was disproved bit by bit, to be supplanted by chaos theory and quantum physics. Clegg reveals a world in which not only is accurate forecasting often impossible, but probability is the only way for us to understand the fundamental nature of things.
Forget the clockwork universe. Welcome to Dice World, a unique portrait of a startlingly complex cosmos, from the bizarre microscopic world of the quantum to the unfathomable mechanics of planetary movements, where very little is as it seems…
This thought provoking Meet The Author evening will feature an exclusive book reading from Brian, a question and answer session, plus a book signing opportunity.