Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story

Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story

Jim Holt


The Washington Post amazing Non-Fiction of 2013

“I can think few extra relaxing methods of pondering than to learn this book.”―Sarah Bakewell, New York TimesBook Review, front-page review

Tackling the “darkest query in all of philosophy” with “raffish erudition” (Dwight Garner, New York Times), writer Jim Holt explores the best metaphysical secret of all: why is there whatever instead of not anything? This runaway bestseller, which has captured the mind's eye of critics and the general public alike, lines our newest efforts to understand the origins of the universe. Holt adopts the function of cosmological detective, touring the globe to interview a number of celebrated scientists, philosophers, and writers, “testing the contentions of 1 opposed to the theories of the opposite” (Jeremy Bernstein, Wall road Journal). As he interrogates his record of ontological culprits, the bright but slyly funny Holt contends that we would were too slender in restricting our suspects to God as opposed to the large Bang. This “deft and eating” (David Ulin, Los Angeles Times) narrative humanizes the profound questions of that means and life it confronts.

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