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The Big Questions: Tackling the Problems of Philosophy with Ideas from Mathematics, Economics, and Physicsby Steven E Landsburg
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In the wake of his enormously popular books andlt;Iandgt;The Armchair Economist andlt;/Iandgt;and andlt;Iandgt;More Sex Is Safer Sexandlt;/Iandgt;, Slate columnist and economics professor Steven Landsburg employs concepts from mathematics, economics, and physics in this sprightly tour of the deepest problems in philosophy: What is real? What can we know? Why is there something instead of nothing? And how should we live?andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Beginning with the broadest philosophical issuesand#8212;theories of existence, knowledge, and ethicsand#8212;Landsburg then turns to a dazzling variety of specific applications. He gives us a mathematical analysis for arguments for the existence of God; explains the real meanings of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and Gand#246;deland#8217;s incompleteness theorem; and carefully dissects the meaning of social responsibility on the playground, in the marketplace, and in the voting booth.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Stimulating, illuminating, and always surprising, andlt;Iandgt;The Big Questions andlt;/Iandgt;reveals the relationship between the loftiest philosophical quests and our everyday lives.
Steven Landsburg uses concepts from mathematics, economics, and physics to address the big questions in philosophy.
About the Author
Steven E. Landsburg is a Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester. He is the author of More Sex Is Safer Sex, The Armchair Economist, Fair Play, two textbooks on economics, and over thirty journal articles in mathematics, economics, and philosophy. He writes the popular “Everyday Economics” column in Slate magazine and has written for Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications.
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