The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform The World

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Penguin UK, 31 Μαρ 2011 - 496 σελίδες

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 explanations have 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 Infinity is a groundbreaking book that will become a classic of its kind.

 

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Κριτική χρηστών  - mrgan - LibraryThing

It's odd that a book written in such a priggishly prescriptive tone should be, while you read it, so compelling, and even more odd that it should, in the end, say so little. While it touches on many ... Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής

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Κριτική χρηστών  - DLMorrese - LibraryThing

What we need are good explanations. That's essentially what this 450 page philosophical tome is about. Of course what makes an explanation 'good' is subjective. I'm sure there are people who will ... Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής

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Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Reach of Explanations
Closer to Reality
The Spark
Creation
The Reality of Abstractions
The Jump to Universality
The Multiverse
A Physicists History of Bad Philosophy
Choices
Why are Flowers Beautiful?
The Evolution of Culture
The Evolution of Creativity
Unsustainable
The Beginning

Artificial Creativity
A Window on Infinity
Optimism
A Dream of Socrates

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Born in Haifa, Israel, David Deutsch was educated at Cambridge and Oxford universities. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a professor of physics at the University of Oxford, where he is a member of the Centre for Quantum Computation. His many honors include the Institute of Physics' Paul Dirac Prize and Medal. The author of The Fabric of Reality, he lives in England.

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