《Bran-New + Reveals The Relationship Between Loftiest Philosophical Quest And Everyday Lives》Steven E. Landsburg - THE BIG QUESTIONS : Tackling the Problems of Philosophy with Ideas from Mathematics, Economics, and Physics
This New York Times bestseller in paperback edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM81.75. Now here Only at RM15. In the wake of his enormously popular books The Armchair Economist and More Sex Is Safer Sex, Steven Landsburg uses concepts from mathematics, economics, and physics to address the big questions in philosophy: ➽ What is real? ➽ What can we know? ➽ What is the difference between right and wrong? ➽ And how should we live? Widely renowned for his lively explorations of economics, in his fourth book Landsburg branches out into mathematics and physics as welldisciplines that, like economics, the author loves for their beauty, their logical clarity, and their profound and indisputable truthto take us on a provocative and utterly entertaining journey through the questions that have preoccupied philosophers through the ages. The author begins with the broadest possible categories ● Reality and Unreality; ● Knowledge and Belief; ● Right and Wrong ● and then focuses his exploration on specific concerns: from a mathematical analysis of the arguments for the existence of God; ● to the real meaning of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and the Godel Incompleteness Theorem; ● to the moral choices we face in the marketplace and the voting booth. Stimulating, illuminating, and always surprising, The Big Questions challenges readers to re-evaluate their most fundamental beliefs and reveals the relationship between the loftiest philosophical quests and our everyday lives. Landsburg deals with many Big Questions, such as: 1. What comprises the universe? - mathematics 2. What is consciousness? - a network of 100b neurons firing electrical signals in complex ways (if we can simulate this using a computer program at sufficient level of detail, we could create consciousness) 3. What can we know? - unprovable truths, mathematical theorems The book is structured so as deliver the material in a series of short "bites", (i.e. written for a general audience). Steven Landsburg believes that mathematics is at the core of existence. In other words, mathematics is the most fundamental thing in the universe. Not surprisingly, then, Landsburg's worldview is centered around this belief. In The Big Questions he takes on a host of philosophical problems and dazzles readers with his logical thinking and accessible prose. From Publishers Weekly： With an folksy style and overly reductive economics, Landsburg ( The Armchair Economist) solves, to his own satisfaction, a host of such philosophical problems as the limits of knowledge, what reality is and why we should reject liberal social policies based on fairness. With a founding claim that mathematical objects are real (albeit real in a way that is never made quite clear) the author argues for the necessity of the universe, before offering refutations of intelligent design and St. Anselm's proof for the existence of God. The possibility of knowledge is demonstrated by familiarizing the reader with a few ideas the author simply knows to be true such as Gödel's theorem and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. Sections on morality and the life of the mind apply the Economist's Golden Rule to questions of right and wrong before advising the reader not to bother studying English literature. While serving up plenty of sound economics, the book falls short on the philosophy, displaying not only conceptual inconsistencies but an intolerance for the irrational dimensions of human existence. About the Author Steven E. Landsburg is a Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester. He is the author of The Armchair Economist, Fair Play, More Sex is Safer Sex, The Big Questions, two textbooks in economics, a forthcoming textbook on general relativity and cosmology, and over 30 journal articles in mathematics, economics and philosophy. His current research is in the area of quantum game theory. He blogs daily at www.TheBigQuestions.com. For over ten years, he wrote the monthly "Everyday Economics" column in Slate magazine, and has written regularly for Forbes and occasionally for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He appeared as a commentator on the PBS/Turner Broadcasting series "Damn Right", and has made over 200 appearances on radio and television broadcasts over the past few years.
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