Viking Adult, 2011. — 496 p.The New York Times bestseller: A provocative, imaginative exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge. 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.Acknowledgements. Introduction. The Reach of Explanations. Closer to Reality. The Spark. Creation. The Reality of Abstractions. The Jump to Universality. Artificial Creativity. A Window on Infinity. Optimism. A Dream of Socrates. The Multiverse. A Physicist’s History of Bad Philosophy. Choices. Why are Flowers Beautiful? The Evolution of Culture. The Evolution of Creativity. Unsustainable. The Beginning. Bibliography. Index.
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