Re: The Fabric of Reality

Mark Crosby (
Mon, 11 Aug 1997 09:03:39 -0700 (PDT)

Damien Broderick wrote:
<Lee Smolin's book on budding universes turns out to have something of
the same metaphysical (Leibnizean) tendency [luckily, about a zillion
times more rigorous than poor Talbot], but alas he finished it before
M-theory really kicked in. In utter ignorance of the fine-grain
detail, I note that it looks to me as if Smolin's loopy space and
brane theory might converge in a geometrodynamical TOE.>

I assume that M-theory must refer to 'Many-Worlds' theory? If so,
then don't you mean that Talbot's _Holographic Universe_ was written
"before M-theory really kicked in", because Lee Smolin's book, _Life
of the Cosmos_, is MUCH more recent. If not, then what does "M-theory
really kicked in" refer to? Also, "brane theory"?

BTW, if you haven't seen it, the discussion of Smolin on The Edge at and
is very interesting.

Mark Crosby

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