The Beginning of Infinity

The Beginning of Infinity : Explanations That Transform the World

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The New York Times bestseller: A provocative, imaginative exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge

"Dazzling." - Steven Pinker, The Guardian In this groundbreaking book, award-winning physicist David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe--and that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all successful human endeavor. Taking us on a journey through every fundamental field of science, as well as the history of civilization, art, moral values, and the theory of political institutions, Deutsch tracks how we form new explanations and drop bad ones, explaining the conditions under which progress--which he argues is potentially boundless--can and cannot happen. Hugely ambitious and highly original, The Beginning of Infinity explores and establishes deep connections between the laws of nature, the human condition, knowledge, and the possibility for progress.
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  • Paperback | 487 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 30.48mm | 408.23g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Line drawings, black and white; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0143121359
  • 9780143121350
  • 86,617

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"Brilliant and exhilarating...Deutsch is so smart, and so strange, and so creative, and so inexhaustibly curious, and so vividly intellectually alive, that it is a distinct privilege to spend time in his head. He writes as if what he is giving us amounts to a tight, grand, cumulative system of ideas...he is well worth getting to know, and we are very lucky indeed to have him."
-David Albert, "The New York Times Book Review"
"[Deutsch's books] are among the most ambitious works of nonfiction I have read, in that their aim is no less than an explanation of all reality...they are treatises that weave together not just physics and astronomy but biology, mathematics, computer science, political science, psychology, philosophy, aesthetics and - most important for Deutsch - epistemology, among other fields, in fashioning a profound new view of the world and the universe. They are guaranteed to be either provocative or life-changing."
-Nathaniel Stein, The Book Bench ("The N
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About David Deutsch

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 papers on quantum computation laid the foundations for that field, and he is an authority on the theory of parallel universes. His 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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