Beginning of Infinity Explanations That Transform the World

ISBN-10: 0670022756
ISBN-13: 9780670022755
Edition: 2011
Authors: David Deutsch
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/21/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 496
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.848

A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today's great thinkers. Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life's mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous. In this important new book, David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation, argues that explanationshave a fundamental place in the universe. They have unlimited scope and power to cause change, and the quest to improve them is the basic regulating principle not only of science but of all successful human endeavor. This stream of ever improving explanations has infinite reach, according to Deutsch: we are subject only to the laws of physics, and they impose no upper boundary to what we can eventually understand, control, and achieve. In his previous book, The Fabric of Reality, Deutsch describe the four deepest strands of existing knowledge-the theories of evolution, quantum physics, knowledge, and computation-arguing jointly they reveal a unified fabric of reality. In this new book, he applies that worldview to a wide range of issues and unsolved problems, from creativity and free will to the origin and future of the human species. Filled with startling new conclusions about human choice, optimism, scientific explanation, and the evolution of culture, The Beginning of Infinityis a groundbreaking book that will become a classic of its kind.

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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