By Ken Wilber
"In the ambitiously titled a quick historical past of every little thing, Wilber keeps his look for the first styles that appear in all nation-states of life. Like Hegel within the West and Aurobindo within the East, Wilber is a philosopher within the grand systematic culture, an highbrow adventurer desirous about not anything lower than the total process evolution, life's final trajectory—in a be aware, every little thing. . . . Combining non secular sensitivity with huge, immense highbrow figuring out and a mode of beauty and readability, a short historical past of every little thing is a clarion demand seeing the area as a complete, a lot at odds with the miserable reductionism of classy Foucault-derivative educational philosophy."— San Francisco Chronicle
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He is the author of Plato Gorgias: Translation and Introduction and Plato Timaeus: Translation and Introduction and is the editor of Greenwood’s Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy. 1 Plato’s Timaeus: Some Resonances in Modern Physics and Cosmology Anthony J. Leggett There are a few isolated passages in the Timaeus which an advocate might claim foreshadow modern scientific ideas. For example, 37c–38d seems to anticipate the concept of the “block” Universe as formulated by modern philosophers of science, and 52b similarly the Kantian notion of space.
If pressed, Plato, I think, would identify the latter with the noetic faculty of the supremely virtuous and wise soul (Laws X, 897b7–8), which I take him to refer to later in that dialogue as Demiurge (902e5, 903c6), King (904a6) and Guardian (902a2, 7); for these references and further discussion, see Richard Mohr, God and Forms in Plato (Las Vegas: Parmenides Publishing, 2005), p. 198. In these later passages, the Athenian spokesman personifies divinity, as is appropriate to his theodicy, and adopts the metaphorical language of the Timaeus rather than the austere language he has previously used in expounding the World Soul.
But he has chiefly worked on the theory of low-temperature physics and was a 2003 Nobel Prize winner for his work on the superfluid phases of the light isotope of helium. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005 and is the author of The Problems of Physics. Anthony A. Long is Professor of Classics, Irving G. Stone Professor of Literature, and Affiliated Professor of Philosophy and of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of various books on ancient philosophy, including most recently Epictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life and From Epicurus to Epictetus: Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy.
A Brief History of Everything (Revised Edition) by Ken Wilber