Beginning of Infinity Explanations That Transform the World

ISBN-10: 0143121359

ISBN-13: 9780143121350

Edition: 2012

Authors: David Deutsch

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The New York Times bestseller: A provocative, imaginative exploration of the nature and progress of knowledgeIn this groundbreaking book, award-winning physicist David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe—and that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all successful human endeavor. Taking us on a journey through every fundamental field of science, as well as the history of civilization, art, moral values, and the theory of political institutions, Deutsch tracks how we form new explanations and drop bad ones, explaining the conditions under which progress—which he argues is potentially boundless—can and cannot happen. Hugely ambitious and highly original, The Beginning of Infinity explores and establishes deep connections between the laws of nature, the human condition, knowledge, and the possibility for progress.
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/29/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Reach of Explanations
Closer to Reality
The Spark
Creation
The Reality of Abstractions
The Jump to Universality
Artificial Creativity
A Window on Infinity
Optimism
A Dream of Socrates
The Multiverse
A Physicist's History of Bad Philosophy
Choices
Why are Flowers Beautiful?
The Evolution of Culture
The Evolution of Creativity
Unsustainable
The Beginning
Bibliography
Index
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