The Resource Why does the world exist? : an existential detective story, Jim Holt

Why does the world exist? : an existential detective story, Jim Holt

Label
Why does the world exist? : an existential detective story
Title
Why does the world exist?
Title remainder
an existential detective story
Statement of responsibility
Jim Holt
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An irreverent sleuth traces the riddle of existence from the ancient world to modern times. Jim Holt examines our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe, contending that we have been too narrow in limiting our suspects to God versus the Big Bang
Summary
Expands the search for the origins of the universe beyond God and the Big Bang theory, exploring more bizarre possibilities inspired by physicists, theologians, mathematicians, and even novelists
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2013.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2012.
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10144159
Cataloging source
DLC
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1954-
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Holt, Jim
Dewey number
113
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BD511
LC item number
.H65 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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Cosmology
Target audience
adult
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an existential detective story
Label
Why does the world exist? : an existential detective story, Jim Holt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
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
Control code
ocn793973660
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
vi, 309 p.
Isbn
9780871404091
Lccn
2012015177
System control number
(OCoLC)793973660
Label
Why does the world exist? : an existential detective story, Jim Holt
Publication
Bibliography note
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
Control code
ocn793973660
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
vi, 309 p.
Isbn
9780871404091
Lccn
2012015177
System control number
(OCoLC)793973660

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