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
“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)
The extreme ability to make simple even the most complicated scientific points.
The Good Delusion, by Richard Dawkins. In a way these two books make the scientific point of the absurdity of god's existence.
His narration is very clear and makes easy to understand difficult complex given his ability to emphasize the necessary words.
The multiple universes we live in.
Dr. David Deutsch has an encyclopedic knowledge and clarity of our universes...
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
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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.
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.
Liked the narrator. Would not read another Deutsch book.
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.
People who are not widely read in the sciences would appreciate this book as a primer on the big ideas.
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.
The reader sounded like a computer recording, or Steven hawkings.
Disappointment that it wasn't something deeper.
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.
Richard Dawkins 'The Greatest Show on Earth' and Leonard Suskind's 'Black Hole Wars'.
I have not listen to other performances by the narrator but I will like too now!
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.
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.
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.
The narrator was so convincing that it sounded as though he had written the book himself.
The imagined story of Socrates and his friends was very clever.
This book is a must-read for anyone who wonders where human knowledge may lead.
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.
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