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“I can imagine few more enjoyable ways of thinking than to read this book.”— Sarah Bakewell, New York Times Book Review, front-page review. Tackling the. One Man's Quest for the Big Answer" by Jim Holt available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get £3 off your first download. 'Why is there a world rather than . The Washington Post Notable Non-Fiction of “I can imagine few more enjoyable ways of thinking than to read this book.”—Sarah Bakewell, New York.
Not in United Kingdom? Choose your country's store to see books available for download. See if you have enough points for this item. Sign in. Moving away from the narrower paths of Christopher Hitchens, Roger Penrose and Stephen Hawking, the celebrated essayist Jim Holt now enters this fascinating debate with his broad, lively and deeply informed narrative that traces all our efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. With sly humour and a highly original personal approach Holt takes on the role of cosmological detective.
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Moving away from the narrower paths of Christopher Hitchens, Roger Penrose and Stephen Hawking, the celebrated essayist Jim Holt now enters this fascinating debate with his broad, lively and deeply informed narrative that traces all our efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. With sly humour and a highly original personal approach Holt takes on the role of cosmological detective.
Suggesting that we might have been too narrow in limiting our suspects to God and the Big Bang, he tracks down, among others, an eccentric Oxford philosopher, a Nobel Laureate physicist, a French Buddhist monk, and John Updike just before he died, to pursue this cosmic puzzle from every angle.
As he pieces together a solution - while offering useful insights into time, consciousness, and eternity - he sheds fascinating new light on the meaning of existence.
A New York Times bestseller on first publication, this new paperback edition provides a much-needed new take on history's greatest conundrum, in the vein of previous bestsellers like Michael Brooks' 13 Things that Don't Make Sense. Why Does The Word Exist?
Holt has written a metaphysical page-turner and a triumph of intellectual liveliness. There is no more entertaining, sure-footed, and witty guide to the big questions that we must all ponder than Jim Holt.
Join him. I only wish that, unlike a good joke, it was longer. The physicist David Deutsch gives a strenuous defense of this point in his conversation with Holt. The quantum vacuum is a highly structured thing that obeys deep and complex laws of physics.
Who or what determined them? For even a theory of everything would be part of the something to be explained. More to the point, even if we were able to conclude, thanks to a more complete understanding of physics, that a cosmogonic singularity was inevitable given the fields, forces or fluctuations involved, we may still ask: why do we find ourselves in a universe or multiverse spawned by a vacuum state furnished with the ingredients necessary to wink it into existence?
Why not a different mixture of ingredients devoid of universe-issuing potential, or none at all?
But the final theory of physics would still leave a residue of mystery—why this force, why this law? It would not contain within itself an answer to the question of why it was the final theory.
So it would not live up to the principle that every fact must have an explanation—the Principle of Sufficient Reason. Brute Fact: Universe or God?
One way out of this quagmire is to posit a supernatural intelligence that poofed the world into existence. It is valid as concerns the proximate question, but skirts the one underneath. If the universe needs a cause, does God not need one as well? Philosophers and theologians have tussled with this dilemma in various ways. Aquinas rejected this outright , contending that no entity can cause itself because it would have to exist prior to itself—a logical contradiction.
Instead, he adduced the argument from contingency , which says that all causes depend on some prior cause, and since there cannot be an infinite series of causes they must terminate in a necessary, or non-contingent, being.