The Frontiers Collection

Wandering Towards a Goal

How Can Mindless Mathematical Laws Give Rise to Aims and Intention?

Editors: Aguirre, Anthony, Foster, Brendan, Merali, Zeeya (Eds.)

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  • Published in cooperation with the renowned physics "think-tank" Foundational Questions Institute, FQXi
  • Specially reworked versions of the prize-winning essays from among more than 150 submissions
  • Contributors include top scientists, philosophers and thought leaders
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This collection of prize-winning essays addresses the controversial question of how meaning and goals can emerge in a physical world governed by mathematical laws. What are the prerequisites for a system to have goals? What makes a physical process into a signal? Does eliminating the homunculus solve the problem? The three first-prize winners, Larissa Albantakis, Carlo Rovelli and Jochen Szangolies tackle exactly these challenges, while many other aspects (agency, the role of the observer, causality versus teleology, ghosts in the machine etc.) feature in the other award winning contributions. All contributions are accessible to non-specialists.

These seventeen stimulating and often entertaining essays are enhanced versions of the prize-winning entries to the FQXi essay competition in 2017.The Foundational Questions Institute, FQXi, catalyzes, supports, and disseminates research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality, but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

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eBook £47.99
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Hardcover £59.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-09310-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wandering Towards a Goal
Book Subtitle
How Can Mindless Mathematical Laws Give Rise to Aims and Intention?
Editors
  • Anthony Aguirre
  • Brendan Foster
  • Zeeya Merali
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75726-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75726-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-75725-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09310-5
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 254
Number of Illustrations
46 b/w illustrations
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