Table of Contents for Why Does the World Exist? : An Existential Detective Story


Prologue: A Quick Proof That There Must Be Something Rather Than Nothing, for Modern People Who Lead Busy Lives 1(2)
1 Confronting the Mystery
3(14)
Interlude: Could Our World Have Been Created by a Hacker?
13(4)
2 Philosophical Tour d'Horizon
17(24)
Interlude: The Arithmetic of Nothingness
36(5)
3 A Brief History of Nothing
41(22)
4 The Great Rejectionist
63(18)
5 Finite or Infinite?
81(14)
Interlude: Night Thoughts at the Cafe de Flore
88(7)
6 The Inductive Theist of North Oxford
95(25)
Interlude: The Supreme Brute Fact
108(12)
7 The Magus of the Multiverse
120(18)
Interlude: The End of Explanation
131(7)
8 The Ultimate Free Lunch?
138(16)
Interlude: Nausea
149(5)
9 Waiting for the Final Theory
154(17)
Interlude: A Word on Many Worlds
164(7)
10 Platonic Reflections
171(26)
Interlude: It from Bit
186(11)
11 "The Ethical Requiredness of There Being Something"
197(24)
Interlude: An Hegelian in Paris
216(5)
12 The Last Word from All Souls
221(22)
Epistolary Interlude: The Proof
237(6)
13 The World as a Bit of Light Verse
243(10)
14 The Self: Do I Really Exist?
253(13)
15 Return to Nothingness
266(15)
Epilogue: Over the Seine
276(5)
Acknowledgments 281(2)
Notes 283(12)
Index 295