FABRIC OF REALITY by David Deutsch. New York, NY: The Penguin Press, 1997. 366
pages, index and bibliography. Hardcover; $29.95.
interpretation of the science of quantum mechanics is the theory of multiple
universes. One interpretation of the science of biology is Darwinism,
specifically as described and discussed by Richard Dawkins. David Deutsch takes
these two interpretations, and, intertwining them with discussions of
epistemology and the theory of computation concludes that not only are these
interpretations "true," but that they are true in the sense that they
describe the very "fabric of reality," and, hence, are leading us
close to a "Theory of Everything."
book comes with words of high praise by Paul Davies, Frank Tipler, Douglas
Adams and others. Richard Dawkins and Frank Tipler are cited in the
book's subtitle is "The Science of Parallel Universes -- and Its
Implications." Following an introductory chapter, in which the book's
goals are set forth, Deutsch begins his arguments by a truly magnificent
description of the famous quantum light experiment, concluding that only a
"multiverse" explanation can possibly fit the observed data. As the
book progresses, he argues well for this particular explanation being the
cornerstone of an ultimate TOE (more than the relatively simple TOE that
one thinks of the multiverse explanation, this book is worth reading and ought
to be in all college libraries. It is well-written, interesting and
entertaining. The author, a researcher at Oxford University, has the
credentials to be heard.
in PERSPECTIVES, the quarterly journal of the ASA,
50, #2, June 1998.
web site is www.ASA3.ORG
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