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Why does the world exist? : an existential detective story

by Holt, Jim, 1954-

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In this astonishing and profound work, an irreverent sleuth traces the riddle of existence from the ancient world to modern Full description


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Table of 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 CafeĢ 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.