The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch
The Science of Parallel Universes and Its Implications (Allen Lane Science)

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For David Deutsch, a young physicist of unusual originality, quantum theory contains our most fundamental knowledge of the physical world. Taken literally, it implies that there are many universes “parallel” to the one we see around us. This multiplicity of universes, according to Deutsch, turns out to be the key to achieving a new worldview, one which synthesizes the theories of evolution, computation, and knowledge with quantum physics. Considered jointly, these four strands of explanation reveal a unified fabric of reality that is both objective and comprehensible, the subject of this daring, challenging book. The Fabric of Reality explains and connects many topics at the leading edge of current research and thinking, such as quantum computers (which work by effectively collaborating with their counterparts in other universes), the physics of time travel, the comprehensibility of nature and the physical limits of virtual reality, the significance of human life, and the ultimate fate of the universe. Here, for scientist and layperson alike, for philosopher, science-fiction reader, biologist, and computer expert, is a startlingly complete and rational synthesis of disciplines, and a new, optimistic message about existence.

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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 August 1, 1998 by Penguin Books. 404 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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(After all, the entire point of science is to help us understand the world we live in--the "fabric of reality'' of his title.) To that end, he outlines a new view of the multiverse (the total of all the parallel universes), combining ideas from four "strands'' of science: quantum physics, epistem...

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A study that brings together the multiverse of physics, mathematics, computation, epistemology, philosophy, history, evolution and time travel closes with the biggest bringing-together of all time, right at the end of space and time itself.

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