Why Does The World Exist?

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Why Does The World Exist?

by Jim Holt

W W Norton | February 1, 2011 | Hardcover

Why Does The World Exist? is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 2.
Why is there a world rather than nothing at all? remains the darkest and most enduring of all metaphysical mysteries. Following in the footsteps of Christopher Hitchens, Roger Penrose, and even Stephen Hawking, Jim Holt now enters this fractious debate with his lively and deeply informed narrative that traces the latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. The slyly humorous Holt takes on the role of cosmological detective, suggesting that we might have been too narrow in limiting our suspects to Yahweh vs. the Big Bang. Tracking down an eccentric Oxford philosopher, a Physics Nobel Laureate, a French Buddhist monk who lived with the Dalai Lama, and John Updike just before he died, Holt pursues unexplored angles to this cosmic puzzle. As he pieces together a solution one that sheds new light on the question of God and the meaning of existence he offers brisk philosophical asides on time and eternity, consciousness, and the arithmetic of nothingness."

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1 in

Published: February 1, 2011

Publisher: W W Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393065340

ISBN - 13: 9780393065343

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mind-Blowing! Awesome whirlwind tour of the ultimate question of why is there something and not nothing? Why does the universe exist instead of nothing? This is a great book that should be savoured and discussed with friends after each chapter. The concepts are truly mindbending as we all search for the spark that started it all. Prior background in some of the main theories of quantum mechanics is helpful.
Date published: 2013-04-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why Does The World Exist I purchased this for my son-in-law as an xmas gift.
Date published: 2013-01-14

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Why Does The World Exist?

by Jim Holt

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1 in

Published: February 1, 2011

Publisher: W W Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393065340

ISBN - 13: 9780393065343

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Why is there a world rather than nothing at all? remains the darkest and most enduring of all metaphysical mysteries. Following in the footsteps of Christopher Hitchens, Roger Penrose, and even Stephen Hawking, Jim Holt now enters this fractious debate with his lively and deeply informed narrative that traces the latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. The slyly humorous Holt takes on the role of cosmological detective, suggesting that we might have been too narrow in limiting our suspects to Yahweh vs. the Big Bang. Tracking down an eccentric Oxford philosopher, a Physics Nobel Laureate, a French Buddhist monk who lived with the Dalai Lama, and John Updike just before he died, Holt pursues unexplored angles to this cosmic puzzle. As he pieces together a solution one that sheds new light on the question of God and the meaning of existence he offers brisk philosophical asides on time and eternity, consciousness, and the arithmetic of nothingness."