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The Computability of the World

How Far Can Science Take Us?

  • Addresses essential questions about the reach and power of science in describing and understanding the world

  • An interdisciplinary adventure, combining the approaches of physics, philosophy and biology

  • According to reviews of the German edition "A book no library should be without!"

  • Author is an internationally renown physicist and philosopher of science


Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Bernd-Olaf Küppers
    Pages 1-15
  3. Bernd-Olaf Küppers
    Pages 17-33
  4. Bernd-Olaf Küppers
    Pages 35-65
  5. Bernd-Olaf Küppers
    Pages 67-84
  6. Bernd-Olaf Küppers
    Pages 85-101
  7. Bernd-Olaf Küppers
    Pages 103-124
  8. Bernd-Olaf Küppers
    Pages 125-143
  9. Bernd-Olaf Küppers
    Pages 145-163
  10. Bernd-Olaf Küppers
    Pages 165-185
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 187-200

About this book


In this thought-provoking book Küppers, an internationally renowned physicist, philosopher and theoretical biologist, addresses a number of science's deepest questions: Can physics advance to the origin of all things and explain the unique phenomena of life, time and history? Are there unsolvable enigmas of the world? How did life originate? Is language a general phenomenon of Nature? What is time? Is it possible to express the history of the world in formulae? Where is science leading us? These and other provocative questions essential for a deeper understanding of the world are treated here in a refreshing and stimulating manner.


Applied Information Theory Computability of Nature Epistemological Aspects of Science Future Development of Science Information Theory in Science Knowledge Technology Limits of Science Nature of Time and History Origin of Life Origin of the Universe

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.MunichGermany

About the authors

Bernd-Olaf Küppers, born in 1944, is an internationally renowned physicist and philosopher of science. For many years he was engaged in research at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Göttingen). Thereafter, he was professor of natural philosophy at the university of Jena. His main research field is the origin and evolution of genetic information. He is author and editor of numerous books, including the monographs “Molecular Theory of Evolution” and “Information and the Origin of Life”. He has been recognized with, among other things, memberships of the German National Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea (London).

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