In Simple Nature, world famous physicist Dr. Leonard Susskind introduces The Anthropic Principle in an entertaining, accessible and informative way.
Proposed in the 1970's, The Anthropic Principle attempts to explain how the physics of the universe may be perfectly tuned for life to evolve. Any small tweak in gravity or quantum mechanics would make all matter, planets, stars and life-forms impossible, yet it all is in perfect working order. Why?
The Anthropic Principle poses a simple yet plausible explanation, and is at the heart of a growing debate in the world of physics, philosophy and religion. Is it the answer to the “why” of the universe, or does it ignore the traditional methodology of physics and science?
In the age of the Large Hadron Collider and breathtaking scientific exploration of atomic particles, physics may be about to revolutionize our view of humankind’s place in the universe.
Shot on 16 MM film, Simple Nature is illustrated with animated graphics, visuals and music.
A good discussion starter to explore the Anthropic Principle in physics, philosophy, religious studies, cosmology and astronomy classes.
Dr. Leonard Susskind is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics. Susskind is widely regarded as one of the fathers of string theory. He is author of the book The Cosmic Landscape (Little Brown)
Reviews & Awards"Highly recommended. The best things come in small packages, and this short film proves that rule. In only eleven minutes, Dr. Leonard Susskind...explores perhaps the greatest of all scientific and philosophical questions: Why life? Or, more specifically, why life here? The film is a gem because of the many opportunities for discussion and inquiry that it presents."
- Science Books and Films (AAAS)
"Recommended. This fine short film...is engaging and well-produced."
–Educational Media Reviews Online
“Recommended. Nicely shot and thoughtfully narrated, this brief film sparks discussion on physics, philosophy, cosmology and astronomy. Show this to get physics students thinking about the origins of the universe.”
"Highly recommended. This wonderfully visual production...(is) a fascinating inquiry into the intersection of physics, philosophy, and religion. Physicist Dr. Leonard Susskind takes viewers on a brief tour of current thinking about the development of life on Earth and in the universe."
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