Doomsday Calculation: How an Equation That Predicts the Future Is Transforming Everything We Know about Life and the Universe [Hardback]

  • Formāts: Hardback, 320 pages, Illustrations
  • Izdošanas datums: 04-Jun-2019
  • Izdevniecība: Little, Brown Spark
  • ISBN-10: 0316440701
  • ISBN-13: 9780316440707
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  • Formāts: Hardback, 320 pages, Illustrations
  • Izdošanas datums: 04-Jun-2019
  • Izdevniecība: Little, Brown Spark
  • ISBN-10: 0316440701
  • ISBN-13: 9780316440707
From the author of Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? looks at how an equation that foretells the future is transforming everything people know about life, business and the universe. 35,000 first printing.

From the author of Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?, a fascinating look at how an equation that foretells the future is transforming everything we know about life, business, and the universe.

In the 18th century, the British minister and mathematician Thomas Bayes devised a theorem that allowed him to assign probabilities to events that had never happened before. It languished in obscurity for centuries until computers came along and made it easy to crunch the numbers. Now, as the foundation of big data, Bayes' formula has become a linchpin of the digital economy.

But here's where things get really interesting: Bayes' theorem can also be used to lay odds on the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence; on whether we live in a Matrix-like counterfeit of reality; on the "many worlds" interpretation of quantum theory being correct; and on the biggest question of all: how long will humanity survive?

The Doomsday Calculation tells how Silicon Valley's profitable formula became a controversial pivot of contemporary thought. Drawing on interviews with thought leaders around the globe, it's the story of a group of intellectual mavericks who are challenging what we thought we knew about our place in the universe. The Doomsday Calculation is compelling reading for anyone interested in our culture and its future.

Diana and Charles 3(4)
Part I Consider the Lemming
7(140)
How to Predict Everything
9(15)
Riddle of the Sphinx
24(8)
The Minister of Tunbridge Wells
32(11)
A History of Grim Reckoning
43(14)
Twelve Reasons Why the Doomsday Argument Is Wrong
57(14)
Twenty-Four Dogs in Albuquerque
71(11)
Baby Names and Bomb Fragments
82(20)
Sleeping Beauty
102(8)
The Presumptuous Philosopher
110(11)
Tarzan Meets Jane
121(7)
The Shooting Room
128(8)
The Metaphysics of Gumball Machines
136(11)
Part II Life, Mind, Universe
147(116)
The Simulation Hypothesis
149(17)
The Fermi Question
166(7)
The Princess in the Tower
173(11)
Two Questions for an Extraterrestrial
184(10)
Pandora's Box
194(15)
Life and Death in Many Worlds
209(15)
1/137
224(17)
Summoning the Demon
241(15)
You Are Here
256(7)
Acknowledgments 263(2)
Notes 265(18)
Sources 283(14)
Index 297