I strongly reccommend Why Does The World Exist by Jim Holt if you’re interested in the fundamental questions of our existence. Jim Holt explores the human intellect by asking scientists, philosophers and man of faith the easiest and the at the same time the most complex question of all time: why is there anything instead of nothing?
Holt takes a tour around the world to converse with:
- Oxford philosopher Richart Swinburne about the universe being created by God,
- Oxford physicist David Deutsch about the existence of multiple universes,
- Russinan physicist Andrei Linde who thinks as the universe being a simulation of other intelligent beings,
- Pittsburgh philosopher Adolf Grünbaum who rejects any mysteriousness in the cosmos and considers nothing to be the natural state of the Universe,
- mathematician Roger Penrose and his neo-platonic approach to creation,
- science fiction writer John Updike about the relationship between science and religion,
- Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg on how a unified theory should look like
- and physicist Alex Vilenkin about the universe sprouting from nothing as a quantum fluctuation.
In the tour Holt explores the works of thinkers like Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Schopenhauer, Leibniz and Sartre, showing the various philosophical approaches to the fundamental question throughout history.
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