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Author Holt, Jim, 1954-
Title Why does the world exist? : an existential detective story / Jim Holt.
Published New York : Liveright Pub. Corp., c2012.
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 Floor2  BD511 .H65 2012    IN LIBRARY
Edition 1st ed.
Description vi, 309 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-294) and index.
Contents A quick proof that there must be something rather than nothing, for modern people who lead busy lives -- Confronting the mystery -- Interlude : Could our world have been created by a hacker? -- Philosophical tour d'horizon -- Interlude : The arithmetic of nothingness -- A brief history of nothing -- The Great Rejectionist -- Finite or infinite? -- Interlude : Night thoughts at the Café de Flore -- The inductive theist of North Oxford -- Interlude : The supreme brute fact -- The Magus of the Multiverse -- Interlude : The end of explanation -- The ultimate free lunch? -- Interlude : Nausea -- Waiting for the final theory -- Interlude : A word on many worlds -- Platonic reflections -- Interlude : It from bit -- "The ethical requiredness of there being something" -- Interlude : An Hegelian in Paris -- The last word from All Souls -- Epistolary interlude : The proof -- The world as a bit of light verse -- The self : do I really exist? -- Return to nothingness -- Over the Seine.
Summary In this astonishing and profound work, an irreverent sleuth traces the riddle of existence from the ancient world to modern
Subject Cosmology.
ISBN 0871404095
9780871404091 (hbk.)
OCLC number 793973660