The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes and Its Implications (Allen Lane Science)

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Quantum physics, evolution, computation, and knowledge--these four main strands of scientific theory and philosophy have, until now remained incomplete explanations of the way the universe works. These strands may seem unrelated, yet in "The Fabric of Reality" Oxford scholar David Deutsch shows that they are so closely intertwined that we cannot properly understand any one of them without reference to the other three. Considered jointly, they reveal a unifed fabric of reality that is objective and comprehensible, and in which human actions and ideas play essential roles.

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"Our best theories are not only truer than common sense, they make more sense than common sense," writes physicist David Deutsch. In The Fabric of Reality, Deutsch traces what he considers the four main strands of scientific explanation: quantum theory, evolution, computation, and the theory of knowledge. "The four of them taken together form a coherent explanatory structure that is so far-reaching, and has come to encompass so much of our understanding of the world, that in my view it may already properly be called the first Theory of Everything." Deutsch covers some difficult material with unusual clarity. Each chapter ends with a summary and definitions of important terms, which makes the work an invaluable sourcebook.

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DAVID DEUTSCH's research in quantum physics has been influential and highly acclaimed. He is a member of the Quantum Computation and Cryptography Research Group at the Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford University, and now lives and works in Oxford.

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