The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes--and Its Implications

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Penguin, Aug 1, 1998 - Science - 400 pages
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For David Deutsch, a young physicist of unusual originality, quantum theory contains our most fundamental knowledge of the physical world. Taken literally, it implies that there are many universes “parallel” to the one we see around us. This multiplicity of universes, according to Deutsch, turns out to be the key to achieving a new worldview, one which synthesizes the theories of evolution, computation, and knowledge with quantum physics. Considered jointly, these four strands of explanation reveal a unified fabric of reality that is both objective and comprehensible, the subject of this daring, challenging book. The Fabric of Reality explains and connects many topics at the leading edge of current research and thinking, such as quantum computers (which work by effectively collaborating with their counterparts in other universes), the physics of time travel, the comprehensibility of nature and the physical limits of virtual reality, the significance of human life, and the ultimate fate of the universe. Here, for scientist and layperson alike, for philosopher, science-fiction reader, biologist, and computer expert, is a startlingly complete and rational synthesis of disciplines, and a new, optimistic message about existence.
 

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THE FABRIC OF REALITY: The Science of Parallel Universes--and Its Implications

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

One major school of quantum theory posits a multiplicity of universes; but what does that imply about the reality we live in? A simple experiment, familiar to every student of physics, involves light ... Read full review

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User Review  - rcorfield - LibraryThing

This is one of the most interesting and thought-provoking science books that I've read for a long, long time. Deutsch attempts to draw together four strands: quantum physics, knowledge theory ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Preface
Acknowledgements
The Theory of Everything
Shadows
Problemsolving
Criteria for Reality
Virtual Reality
Universality and the Limits of Computation
The Significance of Life
Quantum Computers Chapter 10 The Nature of Mathematics
The First Quantum Concept
Time Travel
The Four Strands
The Ends of the Universe
Bibliography
Index

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David Deutsch, internationally acclaimed for his seminal publications on quantum computation, is a member of the Quantum Computation and Cryptography Research Group at the Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford University.

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