Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story
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Description: Tackling the “darkest question in all of philosophy” with “raffish erudition” (Dwight Garner, New York Times), author Jim Holt explores the greatest metaphysical mystery of all: why is there something rather than nothing? This runaway bestseller, which has captured the imagination of critics and the public alike, traces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. Holt adopts the role of cosmological detective, traveling the globe to interview a host of celebrated scientists, philosophers, and writers, “testing the contentions of one against the theories of the other” (Jeremy Bernstein, Wall Street Journal). As he interrogates his list of ontological culprits, the brilliant yet slyly humorous Holt contends that we might have been too narrow in limiting our suspects to God versus the Big Bang. This “deft and consuming” (David Ulin, Los Angeles Times) narrative humanizes the profound questions of meaning and existence it confronts.
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List price: $16.95
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 4/8/2013
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
|Prologue: A Quick Proof That There Must Be Something Rather Than Nothing, for Modern People Who Lead Busy Lives|
|Confronting the Mystery|
|Interlude: Could Our World Have Been Created by a Hacker?|
|Philosophical Tour d'Horizon|
|Interlude: The Arithmetic of Nothingness|
|A Brief History of Nothing|
|The Great Rejectionist|
|Finite or Infinite?|
|Interlude: Night Thoughts at the Cafe de Flore|
|The Inductive Theist of North Oxford|
|Interlude: The Supreme Brute Fact|
|The Magus of the Multiverse|
|Interlude: The End of Explanation|
|The Ultimate Free Lunch?|
|Waiting for the Final Theory|
|Interlude: A Word on Many Worlds|
|Interlude: It from Bit|
|"The Ethical Requiredness of There Being Something"|
|Interlude: An Hegelian in Paris|
|The Last Word from All Souls|
|Epistolary Interlude: The Proof|
|The World as a Bit of Light Verse|
|The Self: Do I Really Exist?|
|Return to Nothingness|
|Epilogue: Over the Seine|