Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story
In this astonishing and profound work, an irreverent sleuth traces the riddle of existence from the ancient world to modern times.Whether framed philosophically as “Why is there a world rather than nothing at all?” or more colloquially as “But, Mommy, who made God?” the metaphysical mystery about... show more
In this astonishing and profound work, an irreverent sleuth traces the riddle of existence from the ancient world to modern times.Whether framed philosophically as “Why is there a world rather than nothing at all?” or more colloquially as “But, Mommy, who made God?” the metaphysical mystery about how we came into existence remains the most fractious and fascinating question of all time. Following in the footsteps of Christopher Hitchens, Roger Penrose, and even Stephen Hawking, Jim Holt emerges with an engrossing narrative that traces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. As he takes on the role of cosmological detective, the brilliant yet slyly humorous Holt contends that we might have been too narrow in limiting our suspects to God vs. the Big Bang. Whether interviewing a cranky Oxford philosopher, a Physics Nobel Laureate, or a French Buddhist monk, Holt pursues unexplored and often bizarre angles to this cosmic puzzle. The result is a brilliant synthesis of cosmology, mathematics, and physics—one that propels his own work to the level of philosophy itself.
Publish date: July 16th 2012
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Pages no: 279
Edition language: English
The author uses the question "why does the world exist" and each of his interviews as a narrative device in explaining the fundamental questions of philosophy. There are commonly two ways of explaining philosophy, 1) look at philosophy in its chronological order of development as in the book by Will...
An overview/ primer of the major sicentific/philosophical/religious arguments for why there is something rather than nothing, i.e. the book's title. Holt does a commendable job at summarizing the major point of each theory and engaging in debate with many of the proponents of these theories.In the e...
Wow. This book was deep. Large chunks of it probably went sailing right over my head, but at the same time it was very readable - possibly because the author, despite obviously being very knowledgeable in things like philosophy and physics, made the whole thing very personal. It really was like a de...
Jim Holt, Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story (London: Profile Books, 2012), 307pp In truth, a book such as Jim Holt's Why Does the World Exist? should appeal to everyone. This is a question which everyone has, at some stage and to some variable degree, contemplated, whether i...
sometimes a little too funny for his own good, but when he hits the mark his observations make philosophy a joy to read. Put your mind in gear if you want to get the most from this.