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Worlds Without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse

Mary-Jane Rubenstein

Abstract

“Multiverse” cosmologies imagine our universe as just one of a vast number of others. While this idea has captivated philosophy, religion, and literature for millennia, it is now being considered as a scientific hypothesis—with different models emerging from cosmology, quantum mechanics, and string theory. Beginning with ancient Atomist and Stoic philosophies, this book links contemporary models of the multiverse to their forerunners and explores the reasons for their recent appearance. One concerns the so-called fine-tuning of the universe: nature’s constants are so delicately calibrated that ... More

Keywords: multiverse, cosmology, string theory, quantum mechanics, God, scientific explanation, faith

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231156622
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156622.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary-Jane Rubenstein, author
Wesleyan University