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Charles Scurlock Is a retired architect, an amateur (that is, academically uncredentialled) physicist, and a generalist thinker who has been pondering the discontinuities and contradictions of modern physics and cosmology for most of his intellectual life. A dedicated systems thinker, always interested in finding solutions to complex problems whether in his own brain or in the interactions between the embodied brains of others, he has concentrated for the last several years on two closely entangled fields: models of the universe, and the evolution of the contemplative mind that can intuit, imagine and create those models. the picnic at the edge of the universe, is his first published book on these ideas. He has also published an extensive discussion of its ideas in his blog at He is currently working on a more complete discussion of this concept, titled imagine darkness: the making of the simple universe, to be published in early 2015.

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the picnic at the edge of the universe

a sketch for a new cosmology

Authored by Charles Scurlock
Edition: 1

We are told that the universe-our universe-is expanding, even accelerating, but into what? What lies inside its boundary? What lies outside? What fuels the expansion? The impetus from an explosion some hundreds of billions of years ago? Or is new energy flowing in, fueling the expansion, creating new stars, speeding up its growth?
At the other end of the spectrum, are the "particles" that we know only by their tracks actually tiny clumps of "something?" Or can their existence-or not-be explained in some simpler way? Or might they just be figments of our mathematics, like Einstein's metaphor of time as a discernable substance?
the picnic at the edge of the universe sketches out a new model and offers some surprising but obvious answers to these questions by taking a new look at and around the barriers and mental models that have blocked our view since we first began to ask "what's it all about?"

Publication Date:
1505615844 / 9781505615845
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Science / Physics / General

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