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The Beginning of Infinity

By David Deutsch
  • ISBN Code: : 0141969695
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Pages : 496
  • Category : Science
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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 book that will become a classic of its kind.

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A physicist himself, Gino Segrè writes about what scientists do and why they do it with intimacy, clarity, and passion. In Faust in Copenhagen, he evokes the fleeting, magical moment when physics' and the world was about to lose its innocence forever. Known by physicists as the miracle year, 1932 saw the discovery of the neutron and antimatter, as well as the first artificially induced nuclear transmutations. However, while scientists celebrated these momentous discoveries, which presaged the nuclear era and the emergence of big science, during a meeting at Niels Bohr's Copenhagen Institute, Europe was moving inexorably toward totalitarianism and war.

Lawrence in Arabia

By Scott Anderson
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  • Publisher : Signal
  • Book Code : 0771007671
  • Total of Pages : 560
  • Category : History
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The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T.E. Lawrence, "a sideshow to a sideshow." As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by four men far removed from the corridors of power. Curt Pruefer was an effete academic attached to the German embassy in Cairo, whose clandestine role was to foment jihad against British rule. Aaron Aaronsohn was a renowned agronomist and committed Zionist who gained the trust of the Ottoman governor of Palestine. William Yale was the fallen scion of the American aristocracy, who traveled the Ottoman Empire on behalf of Standard Oil, dissembling to the Turks in order gain valuable oil concessions. At the center of it all was Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist digging ruins in Syria; by 1919 he was riding into legend at the head of an Arab army, as he fought a rearguard action against his own government and its imperial ambitions. Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabia definitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

Dress Code

By Véronique Hyland
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 006305082X
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 622
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In the spirit of works by Jia Tolentino and Anne Helen Peterson, a smart and incisive essay collection centered on the fashion industry—its history, its importance, why we wear what we wear, and why it matters—from Elle Magazine’s fashion features director. Why does fashion hold so much power over us? Most of us care about how we dress and how we present ourselves. Style offers clues about everything from class to which in-group we belong to. Bad Feminist for fashion, Dress Code takes aim at the institutions within the fashion industry while reminding us of the importance of dress and what it means for self-presentation. Everything—from societal changes to the progress (or lack thereof) of women’s rights to the hidden motivations behind what we choose to wear to align ourselves with a particular social group—can be tracked through clothing. Veronique Hyland examines thought-provoking questions such as: Why has the “French girl” persisted as our most undying archetype? What does “dressing for yourself” really mean for a woman? How should a female politician dress? Will gender-differentiated fashion go forever out of style? How has social media affected and warped our sense of self-presentation, and how are we styling ourselves expressly for it? Not everyone participates in painting, literature, or film. But there is no “opting out” of fashion. And yet, fashion is still seen as superficial and trivial, and only the finest of couture is considered as art. Hyland argues that fashion is a key that unlocks questions of power, sexuality, and class, taps into history, and sends signals to the world around us. Clothes means something—even if you’re “just” wearing jeans and a T-shirt.

Probable Impossibilities

By Alan Lightman
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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 1524749028
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Science
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The acclaimed author of Einstein’s Dreams tackles "big questions like the origin of the universe and the nature of consciousness ... in an entertaining and easily digestible way” (Wall Street Journal) with a collection of meditative essays on the possibilities—and impossibilities—of nothingness and infinity, and how our place in the cosmos falls somewhere in between. Can space be divided into smaller and smaller units, ad infinitum? Does space extend to larger and larger regions, on and on to infinity? Is consciousness reducible to the material brain and its neurons? What was the origin of life, and can biologists create life from scratch in the lab? Physicist and novelist Alan Lightman, whom The Washington Post has called “the poet laureate of science writers,” explores these questions and more—from the anatomy of a smile to the capriciousness of memory to the specialness of life in the universe to what came before the Big Bang. Probable Impossibilities is a deeply engaged consideration of what we know of the universe, of life and the mind, and of things vastly larger and smaller than ourselves.

Feynman's Tips on Physics

By Richard P. Feynman,Michael A. Gottlieb
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  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Book Code : 0465029213
  • Total of Pages : 176
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 747
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Feynman's Tips on Physics is a delightful collection of Richard P. Feynman's insights and an essential companion to his legendary Feynman Lectures on Physics With characteristic flair, insight, and humor, Feynman discusses topics physics students often struggle with and offers valuable tips on addressing them. Included here are three lectures on problem-solving and a lecture on inertial guidance omitted from The Feynman Lectures on Physics. An enlightening memoir by Matthew Sands and oral history interviews with Feynman and his Caltech colleagues provide firsthand accounts of the origins of Feynman's landmark lecture series. Also included are incisive and illuminating exercises originally developed to supplement The Feynman Lectures on Physics, by Robert B. Leighton and Rochus E. Vogt. Feynman's Tips on Physics was co-authored by Michael A. Gottlieb and Ralph Leighton to provide students, teachers, and enthusiasts alike an opportunity to learn physics from some of its greatest teachers, the creators of The Feynman Lectures on Physics.

Summary of David Deutsch's The Beginning of Infinity

By Milkyway Media
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  • Publisher : Milkyway Media
  • Book Code : N.a
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  • Category : Study Aids
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Buy now to get the key takeaways from David Deutsch's The Beginning of Infinity. Key Takeaways: 1) The theory of empiricism states that all knowledge is gained through sensory experience. However, appearances can be deceiving. We tend to make judgments about the world around us, not realizing how flawed our perceptions actually are. Thus, empiricism is misleading. 2) The truth is that the knowledge we gain throughout our lives doesn’t rely solely on experience. After all, we are constantly forming theories and making assertions about realities that exist far beyond our perception and about the laws that govern those realities.

The Beginnings of Infinity

By Ethan Reyna
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1543412734
  • Total of Pages : 50
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 169
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If all around you was empty darkness and this was all that you knew, would you strive for enlightened space? If you were as blind as love, would you search for a purpose in yourself and others? Ethan Reynas The Beginnings of Infinity is a fictional odyssey of a molecule of emotion. It is a quest whose goal illuminates the true purpose of love and the value of friendship. In this book, we will all journey with love to share all that we have with every being we meet and discover our true purpose in the universe. Even when we reach the end of the end, there is no surprise that there is infinitely more.

The Edge of Philosophy in the Midst of Thought

By Melvyn Leibowitz Ph.D.
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 1665507535
  • Total of Pages : 84
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 276
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Melvyn Leibowitz, Ph.D., author of The Edge of Philosophy in the Midst of Thought, has more than fifty years experience doing speculative philosophy. The book is a ruminative, deconstructive, concept-exploding, non-academic, almost poetic, at points modernist, at others, post-modern work. While it may be regarded as philosophic memoir, there is not much biographical content, but rather it has to do with mind and body, consciousness, history and thought. In its 107 entries can be found such items as: If infinity is endless; does it have a beginning? (78); Is it harder to argue that the universe does not exist than to argue that God does not exist? (79); Is the sky one? (94); Philosophy without language (82); Is nature performing arithmetic? (84); What can count as no information? (98); If economics were a full science, could a dollar value be placed on the universe? (103); What if biology were one of the humanities? (68); What if guilt and punishment were to flow backwards? (101); Is there a noble reason for wanting to live indefinitely? (96) Influences and perhaps similarities would include William Poundstone, Ottessa Moshfegh, William James, Georg Wilhelm Hegel, and Billy Collins. From 1960 to 1980 there were Richard Feynmann and Bob Dylan. This might be the most luminous work of the last forty years.

Everything Has a Beginning Except the Beginning of Everything

By J. R. Gibbs, Jr.
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  • Publisher : Dorrance Publishing
  • Book Code : 1434900762
  • Total of Pages : 114
  • Category : Science
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THE ORIGIN AND BEGINNING OF MATTER AND LIFE

By Alphons V. Versnel, B Th M Th
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 1496977270
  • Total of Pages : 108
  • Category : Education
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The Evolution versus Creation debat is presented in the Western world as the choice between Science and Faith. Science is a system of acquiring knowledge, using observation and experimentation to describe natural phenomena. By this definition, Evolution is as much a matter of Faith as Creation is. The origin and beginning of what is cannot be observed and reproduced by experiments. The book unveills the academic and educational fraud in the Western world that retain that what is came into existence by random change and natural selection against the findings of the Sciences, especially over the last hundred years. The phenomena of irreducible compexity and the information concept reduce Evolution to science-fiction.

Ecclesiology at the Beginning of the Third Millennium

By Kevin Wagner,M. Isabell Naumann,Peter John McGregor
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1532665334
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Religion
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Born from the side of Jesus, pierced on the cross, the church is the living body of Christ. Like Jesus himself, it is both eternal and temporal, spiritual and material, spotless and wounded. Constituted as an integrated, living body, the church is the sacrament of Christ; that is, it reveals Christ to the world and makes him present in the world. It exists in order to evangelize and does this most effectively when its diverse members are united in love. This collection of chapters from scholars from diverse fields offers a fresh approach to Catholic ecclesiology. It is hoped that the reader of this book will discover anew the beauty of the church, a living body always old and ever new.