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The Beginning of Infinity Explanations That Transform the World,9780670022755

The Beginning of Infinity Explanations That Transform the World

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9780670022755

ISBN10:
0670022756
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Hardcover
Pub. Date:
7/21/2011
Publisher(s):
Viking Adult
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

David Deutsch, internationally acclaimed for his seminal publications on quantum computation, is a member of the Quantum Computation and Cryptography Research Group at the Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Introductionp. vii
The Reach of Explanationsp. 1
Closer to Realityp. 34
The Sparkp. 42
Creationp. 78
The Reality of Abstractionsp. 107
The Jump to Universalityp. 125
Artificial Creativityp. 148
A Window on Infinityp. 164
Optimismp. 196
A Dream of Socratesp. 223
The Multiversep. 258
A Physicist's History of Bad Philosophyp. 305
Choicesp. 326
Why are Flowers Beautiful?p. 353
The Evolution of Culturep. 369
The Evolution of Creativityp. 398
Unsustainablep. 418
The Beginningp. 443
Bibliographyp. 460
Indexp. 463
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