- Paperback: 390 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; 9th printing edition (August 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014027541X
- ISBN-13: 978-0140275414
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 147 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes--and Its Implications 9th printing Edition
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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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You will not have to do higher math. You will have to think. This is NOT a review of current science, it's a phase transition in the understanding of the nature of reality.
Although I agree with the author, and with E. O. Wilson (Consiliance), that a certain synthesis among the various branches of human knowledge are a necessary prerequisite for advancing much beyond what the 20ieth century has accomplished, I'm not certain that I'm yet prepared for or convinced of the need for a multiverse explanation of reality.
The author makes some very important points about science which bear repeating for those who have not yet heard them. For instance, "A scientific argument is intended to persuade us that a given explanation is the best one available. It does not and could not say anything about how that explanation will fare when, in the future, it is subjected to new types of criticism and compared with explanations that have yet to be invented (p. 64)." This is a fundamental principle of the scientific process that escapes many lay individuals and even some scientists.
He also notes that scientific theories must do more than simply predict the future, since "Shoddy explanations that yield correct predictions are two a penny, as UFO enthusiasts, conspiracy-theorists and pseudo-scientists of every variety should (but never do) bear in mind (p. 65)."
More importantly still in describing scientific methodology the author writes, "Here I must mention an asymmetry which is important in the philosophy and methodology of science: the asymmetry between experimental refutation and experimental confirmation. Whereas an incorrect prediction automatically renders the underlying explanation unsatisfactory, a correct prediction says nothing at all about the underlying explanation (p.65)." This too is often forgotten or misunderstood by those who do not do research of this kind.
In general the book tries to cover too much in too small a space. Unless the reader is very well read, he/she would be better off starting somewhere else before tackling this book.
I must highly recommend this book as required reading to anyone who has ever decided to belive in something just because someone else said it was true (hint - religous writings) without offering the rock kicking experiment to prove it.