The Human Touch

Our Part in the Creation of a Universe

Michael Frayn

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What do we really know? What are we in relation to the world around us? Here, the acclaimed playwright and novelist takes on the great questions of his career—and of our lives

Humankind, scientists agree, is an insignificant speck in the impersonal vastness of the universe. But what would that universe be like if we were not here to say something about it? Would there be numbers if there were no one to count them? Would the universe even be vast, without the fact of our smallness to give it scale?
With wit, charm, and brilliance, this epic work of philosophy sets out to make sense of our place in the scheme of things. Our contact with the world around us, Michael Frayn shows, is always fleeting and indeterminate, yet we have nevertheless had to fashion a comprehensible universe in which action is possible. But how do we distinguish our subjective experience from what is objectively true and knowable? Surveying the spectrum of philosophical concerns from the existence of space and time to relativity and language, Frayn attempts to resolve what he calls “the oldest mystery”: the world is what we make of it. In which case, though, what are we?
 
All of Frayn’s novels and plays have grappled with these essential questions; in this book he confronts them head-on.

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Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn is the author of ten novels, including the best-selling Headlong, which was a New York Times Editor's Choice selection and a Booker Prize finalist, and Spies, which received the Whitbread Fiction Award. Michael Frayn is also the author of My Father's Fortune: A Life, The Human Touch: Our Part in the Creation of a Universe, Democracy: A Play, A Landing on the Sun: A Novel, The Copenhagen Papers: An Intrigue and The Trick of It: A Novel. He has also written fifteen plays, among them Noises Off and Copenhagen, which won three Tony Awards in 1999. He lives just south of London.

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The Human Touch
Our Part in the Creation of a Universe
Michael Frayn

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
January 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466829411
ISBN10: 1466829419
512 pages
$9.99

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Picador
January 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312426286
ISBN10: 0312426283
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 512 pages
$16.00
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