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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (628 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Deutsch Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today's great thinkers.

Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life's mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous. In this important new book, David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation, argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe. They have unlimited scope and power to cause change, and the quest to improve them is the basic regulating principle not only of science but of all successful human endeavor. This stream of ever improving explanations has infinite reach, according to Deutsch: we are subject only to the laws of physics, and they impose no upper boundary to what we can eventually understand, control, and achieve.

In his previous book, The Fabric of Reality, Deutsch describe the four deepest strands of existing knowledge-the theories of evolution, quantum physics, knowledge, and computation-arguing jointly they reveal a unified fabric of reality. In this new book, he applies that worldview to a wide range of issues and unsolved problems, from creativity and free will to the origin and future of the human species. Filled with startling new conclusions about human choice, optimism, scientific explanation, and the evolution of culture, The Beginning of Infinity is a groundbreaking audio book that will become a classic of its kind. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliant and exhilarating and profoundly eccentric book. It’s about everything: art, science, philosophy, history, politics, evil, death, the future, infinity, bugs, thumbs, what have you…It hardly seems worth saying…that the chutzpah of this guy is almost beyond belief, and that any book with these sorts of ambitions is necessarily, in some overall sense, a failure, or a fraud, or a joke, or madness. But Deutsch…is so smart, and so strange, and so creative, and so inexhaustibly curious, and so vividly intellectually alive, that it is a distinct privilege, notwithstanding everything, to spend time in his head.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Makes the case for infinite progress with such passion, imagination, and quirky brilliance.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Among the most ambitious works of nonfiction I have read.”

    New Yorker

  • “An adventurous, intellectually stimulating book on how problems are solved.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Both skeptical and optimistic, Deutsch devotes ingenious chapters to refuting ideas (empiricism, induction, holism) and philosophies (positivism, most modernism, post-modernism) that limit what we can learn…[a] provocative, imaginative investigation of human genius.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2011 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John | 1/31/2014

    " David's Fabric was a deeply satisfying explanation of reality and Beginning of Infinity takes us even further. What enthrals me is the way he clarifies Popper's work and uses it to delve so masterfully into the nature of existence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris Sowick | 1/24/2014

    " One of the best books I've ever read in my life. Top 3, if not #1. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Drew | 1/12/2014

    " What a happy book! Without being a posthumanist, Deutsch reaches back to the optimism of 1950's public science in the UK to give us a complete materialist world view. This is the sort of book that if young folks manage to get their hands on it, they will be converted. Dangerous stuff. The discussion on quantum computation is a bit thin, and I don't think he pulls together the idea of computation with the idea of explanation very well -- I do like his engagement and rejection of the classic philosophers of science on the issue (Hempel and his followers), but engagement with contemporary philosophy of science might have given him some new targets (albeit folks no one has ever heard of before). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by H Wesselius | 12/29/2013

    " A heavy dense ode to the Enlightenment,science,thinking,and the human possibility. If you already are inclined toward Enlightenment thought and optimism, this book will reinforce it for the book is convincing in its optimism and ideals. However, the book is such a struggle to read and unless you are on the author's side its highly unmotivating to read, thus rendering moot any ability for the book to convince adherents of a more pessimistic and less scientific worldview. For those inclined to skip the Socratic dialogue, don't. It provides the clearest example of the author's thinking. "

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