The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch

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6 Critic Reviews

...it’s hard to get to the end of this book without feeling that Deutsch is too little moved by actual contemporary human suffering.
-NY Times

Synopsis

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 David Deutsch

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DAVID DEUTSCH is a fellow of the Royal Society and a professor of physics at the University of Oxford. A pioneer in the field of quantum computation, he is a recipient of the Institute of Physics' Paul Dirac Prize and Medal.
 
Published March 31, 2011 by Penguin. 494 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Beginning of Infinity
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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 20 2011

Scientists will eventually understand every phenomenon that obeys the laws of the universe, writes the author in this provocative, imaginative investigation of human genius.

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NY Times

Below average
on Aug 12 2011

...it’s hard to get to the end of this book without feeling that Deutsch is too little moved by actual contemporary human suffering.

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Guardian

Good
on Feb 07 2012

...this book is truly mind-expanding in a way that few others are: it goes to the heart of how we grasp the true wonder of the universe.

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WSJ online

Below average
on Jul 20 2011

"The Beginning of Infinity" is...imperfect. He rejects appeals to authority...And Mr. Deutsch's optimism sometimes resembles that of a man standing on a mountaintop, high above the problems afflicting us ordinary folk in the lowlands.

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The Economist

Above average
on Mar 24 2011

...bold, addressing subjects from artificial intelligence to the evolution of culture and of creativity; its conclusions are just as profound.

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Scotsman.com

Below average
on Mar 15 2011

Sections of this book make for rewarding reading...But they are too few, and when he strays into other areas it is like watching a premier league footballer trying to dance Swan Lake.

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