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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright (July 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871404095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871404091
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 0.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Holt s Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story is a portrait gallery of leading modern philosophers . Their answers give us vivid glimpses of the speakers Holt s philosophers belong to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries When and why did philosophy lose its bite? How did it become a toothless relic of past glories? These are the ugly questions that Jim Holt s book compels us to ask. --Freeman Dyson"

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Jim Holt is a prominent essayist and critic on philosophy, mathematics, and science. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, New York Review of Books and Prospect magazine. He lives in New York City. He is the author of Stop Me If You've Heard This [9781846681097] also published by Profile. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jo Ann Creore on March 11 2013
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I gave this book more of a chance than some reviewers, reading almost three-quarters of it. By then I found that I was rapidly losing interest in a very important question: why does the world exist? Although it seems unlikely that science will answer this question (at least in my lifetime, and probably ever), the philosophical approaches, which dominate the book, offer even less hope.
Readers who enjoy philosophy will probably enjoy Holt's conversations with a wide variety of respected thinkers. To me, the best parts of the book were the vivid descriptions of place and atmosphere: a cafe in Paris, Oxford, etc.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By SEOUROCK on Oct. 23 2012
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This is exactly what I have been looking for and has partly relieved me of my existential and ontologival curiosity. The book approches the ultimate question from various backgrounds and wide perspectives like physics, philosohy, religion, mathematics and literature. Though the subject is a very tough one, the book is very readable and wonderfully balanced both in its range and depth.

The author blends his personal ideas and argument with both the past great thinkers' thoughts and his interviews with the contemporary top class scholars. The author's writing style is philosophical, scientific and poetic, all mixed in a beautiful and lierary tone. Even his very personal and daily experiences are harmoniously interwovend, contrasting starkly with the dark weight of the ultimate question and making the question's philosophical aspects all the more distinct.

It is a product of his life-long quest for humankind's insurmountable big wall. Of course, by this book you cannot get the final answer to that question, but you can grasp the impossibility of the ultimate solution and at least what the answer would be like.
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A clearly written and approachable survey of our attempts to understand why there is something, rather than nothing. Includes interesting descriptions of the author's meetings and discussions with proponents of various leading theories.
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The book hits it in the sense that it tries at no time to pontificate.
The exposition is clear and succinct and the research is thorough.
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1 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tedd Tucker on Dec 25 2012
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booooo!I wouldn't recommend this book. I found it very boring, vague and pointless. Me no likey read this book here
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