Why Does the World Exist? : An Existential Detective Story (Hardcover)

Author: Holt, Jim

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In this astonishing and profound work, an irreverent sleuth traces the riddleof existence from the ancient world to modern times.


Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Mfg Part# 9780871404091
SKU 225013903
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0871404095
Release Date 7/1/2012
Dimensions (in Inches) 10H x 7L x 1.25T
"In WHY DOES THE WORLD EXIST?, Jim Holt, an elegant and witty writer comfortably at home in the problem's weird interzone between philosophy and scientific cosmology, sets out in search of . . . answers."
"Mr. Holt's wit and intellect never fail him."
"[Holt] is a spirited interlocutor and a deft explainer, patiently making sense of subjects ranging from Platonism to quantum mechanics."
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Editors Note Whether framedphilosophically as ?Why is there a world rather than nothing at all?? or morecolloquially as ?But, Mommy, who made God?? the metaphysical mystery about howwe came into existence remains the most fractious and fascinating question ofall time. Following in the footsteps of Christopher Hitchens, Roger Penrose,and even Stephen Hawking, Jim Holt emerges with an engrossing narrative thattraces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. As he takes onthe role of cosmological detective, the brilliant yet slyly humorous Holtcontends that we might have been too narrow in limiting our suspects to God vs.the Big Bang. Whether interviewing a cranky Oxford philosopher, a Physics NobelLaureate, or a French Buddhist monk, Holt pursues unexplored and often bizarreangles to this cosmic puzzle. The result is a brilliant synthesis of cosmology,mathematics, and physics?one that propels his own work to the level ofphilosophy itself.
Annotation WHY DOES THE WORLD EXIST? was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 Best Books of 2012.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0309
Publisher Liveright Publishing Corporation

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