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EmergenceContemporary Readings in Philosophy and Science$
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Mark A. Bedau and Paul Humphreys

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026215

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026215.001.0001

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The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

(p.259) 14 The Theory of Everything

Robert B. Laughlin

David Pines

The MIT Press

This chapter explains the ultimate theory of the universe, or the Theory of Everything, as a set of equations capable of describing all phenomena that have been observed, or that will ever be observed. It is an approach to the natural world favored by many due to its success in bettering mankind, and remains the central paradigm in physics for the same group of people. One great instance of this approach can be seen in the equation of conventional nonrelativistic quantum mechanics that describes the everyday world of human beings. The less immediate things in the universe are not described by this equation, but these are considered irrelevant to people-scale phenomena. The chapter explores how and why the Theory of Everything is not, in fact, a theory of every thing.

Keywords:   Theory of Everything, ultimate theory, natural world, nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, people-scale phenomena

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