The Beginning of Infinity




The Beginning of Infinity

Number of page: 496
Author: David Deutsch
Publisher: Penguin UK
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Category: Science

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.

About The Author

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.

Reviews:

  • Alex1952Alex1952
    LibraryThing Review Provocative and very interesting, although some chapters are very weak, e.g., the one on social choices
  • Ma_WashigeriMa_Washigeri
    LibraryThing Review A good book on Theory of Knowledge, but no good on the maths/physics of Infinity – which was what I was expecting from the review I read.
  • jefwarejefware
    LibraryThing Review An important and optimistic view of science and technology. Also covers certain aspects of epistemology.
  • caldaracaldara
    LibraryThing Review This book was a great disappointment. I am unable to comment on the cogency of the explanations contained therein because I found the prose so turgid that I know my eyes would never stay open long enough to reach any explanations. I am afraid this book has completely defeated me.
  • DLMorreseDLMorrese
    LibraryThing Review 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
  • haig51haig51
    LibraryThing Review This book is mostly about one simple yet profound idea: good explanations. Good explanations, according to Deutsch, are the epistemological foundations for how we’ve come so far and how we can keep
  • charlesmathescharlesmathes
    LibraryThing Review I’ve grown tired of the world I see, so my reading has turned to the larger world that I don’t see but that is — theoretically — just as real (at least for now). Bobbling between quantum and astro
  • Jane DoeJane Doe
    THE BEGINNING OF INFINITY: Explanations that Transform the World A philosophical exploration of progress, surprisingly lucid and thought-provoking.Deutsch (Physics/Oxford Univ.; The Fabric of Reality, 1998) asserts that until a few centuries ago, all cultures