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The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World | [David Deutsch]

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World

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.
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Publisher's 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 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 audio book that will become a classic of its kind.

©2011 David Deutsch (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

“Provocative and persuasive…Mr. Deutsch’s previous tome, The Fabric of Reality, took a broad-ranging sweep…The Beginning of Infinity is equally bold, addressing subjects from artificial intelligence to the evolution of culture and of creativity; its conclusions are just as profound." (The Economist)

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    Miguel Cheswick, PA, US 03-15-13
    Miguel Cheswick, PA, US 03-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent achievement for a complex topic."
    What did you love best about The Beginning of Infinity?

    The extreme ability to make simple even the most complicated scientific points.


    What other book might you compare The Beginning of Infinity to and why?

    The Good Delusion, by Richard Dawkins. In a way these two books make the scientific point of the absurdity of god's existence.


    What does Walter Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration is very clear and makes easy to understand difficult complex given his ability to emphasize the necessary words.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The multiple universes we live in.


    Any additional comments?

    Dr. David Deutsch has an encyclopedic knowledge and clarity of our universes...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miles BENSALEM, PA, United States 02-19-12
    Miles BENSALEM, PA, United States 02-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    real knowledge


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Deutsch does exhibit a panoramic knowledge of various aspects of history, philosophy, myth, etc.; however, his grasp is quite flawed - full of holes, as it were. For example, he locates the roots of science in vague philosophical currents flowing through the the


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How does a


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you have just arrived in our time from the fifteenth century, or emerged out of a worm-hole in space-time from an intellectually starved parallel universe, you should avoid buying this largely worthless, mediocre compendium of self-indulgent frippery. And even if you have, you could easily find more profitable ways of wasting your time.

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    serine ARDMORE, PA, United States 02-25-13
    serine ARDMORE, PA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about The Beginning of Infinity?

    His knowledge of evolution could be more up to date. But, his message of motion v static in the universe and on Earth was fantastic.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane huffman, TX, USA 11-29-12
    Diane huffman, TX, USA 11-29-12 Member Since 2004
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    "As a geek, I kind of liked listening to it, but..."
    Would you try another book from David Deutsch and/or Walter Dixon?

    Liked the narrator. Would not read another Deutsch book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A mystery.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Walter Dixon’s performances?

    yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Out of over 150 Audible books, I have only given up on one, and that was of poor audio quality. This may be number 2. The book was recommended by an Audible Email. I don't really know why. It reads like a college text book. Jumps from subject to subject. One interesting tid bit in a chapter.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nat Bullaburra, Australia 11-26-12
    Nat Bullaburra, Australia 11-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Nothing I hadn't heard before"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who are not widely read in the sciences would appreciate this book as a primer on the big ideas.


    What was most disappointing about David Deutsch’s story?

    I bought it as i thought it was a discussion of big ideas, which it was, but all the ideas I had heard of and read of in depth before.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader sounded like a computer recording, or Steven hawkings.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment that it wasn't something deeper.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip Kelly BOSTON, MA USA 09-11-12
    Phillip Kelly BOSTON, MA USA 09-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Challenging but its worth it!"
    If you could sum up The Beginning of Infinity in three words, what would they be?

    It goes far beyond science, it challenges stablished philosophies about knowledge and its origin and future. Come in with an open mind for it will challenge or shatter most people's misconceptions about our world and the future. It is the most important book about science and philosophy I've read so far.


    What other book might you compare The Beginning of Infinity to and why?

    Richard Dawkins 'The Greatest Show on Earth' and Leonard Suskind's 'Black Hole Wars'.


    Have you listened to any of Walter Dixon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listen to other performances by the narrator but I will like too now!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several moments in the book that moved me but I would say that Socrate's dialogue with Hermes and the chapters about the origin and roles of meme's and creativity cemented my opinion of this book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin New York, NY, USA 09-03-12
    Martin New York, NY, USA 09-03-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Surprisingly entertaining"
    What did you love best about The Beginning of Infinity?

    This may sound trite and corny, but I've believed since childhood that truth is good and falsity will inevitably lead to something bad. This book deals with how we can know the difference between truth and falsity.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It weaves together, and extracts the essence of, diverse subjects such as philosophy, politics, mathematics, and science. It also gave another nudge to my understanding of quantum mechanics by explaining it using intuitive thought experiments.


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was so convincing that it sounded as though he had written the book himself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The imagined story of Socrates and his friends was very clever.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must-read for anyone who wonders where human knowledge may lead.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George Syosset, NY, United States 10-05-11
    George Syosset, NY, United States 10-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "This is a book to read, skim. Listening is tedium."

    Three examples where listening drove me to scream: "I get it! I get it."
    (1) The Persephone myth has no reach as an explanation of nature.
    (2) The Infinity Hotel as an explanation of Georg Cantor's Aleph null.
    (3) How to signal between multiverses.

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
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