The New York Times bestseller: A provocative, imaginative exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge
“Dazzling.” – Steven Pinker, The Guardian
In this groundbreaking book, award-winning physicist David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe—and that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all successful human endeavor. Taking us on a journey through every fundamental field of science, as well as the history of civilization, art, moral values, and the theory of political institutions, Deutsch tracks how we form new explanations and drop bad ones, explaining the conditions under which progress—which he argues is potentially boundless—can and cannot happen. Hugely ambitious and highly original, The Beginning of Infinity explores and establishes deep connections between the laws of nature, the human condition, knowledge, and the possibility for progress.
I couldn't put it down, even though I'm neither a physicist, nor a philosopher. Deutsch makes epistemology, the study of knowledge and what can be known, very accessible to the general reader.
The Ultimate Optimism
I don't care for the libertarian (selfish) politics, but the author's insights into the nature of creativity is fantastic.
The beginning of infinity
Started off well but got more and more convoluted. I stopped about half way through. Maybe I'm just too much below author's level of genius, but that's why I try books like this one.