Galileo Unbound: A Path Across Life, the Universe and Everything

ISBN : 9780198805847

David D. Nolte
384 ページ
138 x 216 mm

Galileo Unbound traces the journey that brought us from Galileo's law of free fall to today's geneticists measuring evolutionary drift, entangled quantum particles moving among many worlds, and our lives as trajectories traversing a health space with thousands of dimensions. Remarkably, common themes persist that predict the evolution of species as readily as the orbits of planets or the collapse of stars into black holes. This book tells the history of spaces of expanding dimension and increasing abstraction and how they continue today to give new insight into the physics of complex systems.


1 Flight of the swallows
2 A new scientist
3 Galileo's trajectory
4 On the shoulders of giants
5 Geometry on my mind
6 The tangled tale of phase space
7 The lens of gravity
8 On the quantum footpath
9 From butterflies to hurricanes
10 Darwin in the clockworks
11 The measure of life
12 Epilogue: Galileo at home in the multiverse


David D. Nolte is the Edward M. Purcell Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Purdue University. His research areas have included experimental high-energy physics, cosmology, semiconductor physics, laser physics and biophysics. He received his BA from Cornell University in 1981, his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988, and a post-doctoral appointment at AT&T Bell Labs before joining the faculty at Purdue. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the AAAS. In 2005, he received the Herbert Newby McCoy Award of Purdue University. He is the inventor of the BioCD and Biodynamic Imaging and is the technical founder of two biotech companies using interferometry and holography for diagnostic screening.