The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World

David Deutsch

A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today’s great thinkers. Throughout history, humanity has struggled to understand life’s mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous. In The Beginning of Infinity, David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation, argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe.

They have unlimited scope and power to cause change, and the quest to improve them is the basic regulating principle not only of science but of all successful human endeavors. According to Deutsch, this stream of ever-improving explanations has infinite reach: we are subject only to the laws of physics, and they impose no upper boundary to what we can eventually understand, control, and achieve.