A Comprehensible Universe

  • Filename: a-comprehensible-universe.
  • ISBN: 9783540776260
  • Release Date: 2008-05-15
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: George V. Coyne
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



Why is our world comprehensible? This question seems so trivial that few people have dared to ask it. In this book we explore the deep roots of the mystery of rationality. The inquiry into the rationality of the world began over two-and-a-half-thousand years ago, when a few courageous people tried to understand the world with the help of reason alone, rejecting the comforting fabric of myth and legend. After many philosophical and theological adventures the Greek concept of rationality laid the foundations of a revolutionary way of thinking: the scientific method, which transformed the world. But looking at the newest fruits of the world's rationality - relativity theory, quantum mechanics, the unification of physics, quantum gravity - the question arises: what are the limits of the scientific method? The principal tenet of rationality is that you should never stop asking questions until everything has been answered ... "A Comprehensible Universe is a thoughtful book by two authors who have professional expertise in physics and astronomy and also in theology. They are exceptionally well informed about the history of the relation between science and theology, and they maintain throughout their discussion a respect for empirical evidence and a dedication to rationality. Even though I do not agree with all of their conclusions on matters of great complexity I am impressed by the fairness of their argumentation." Abner Shimony, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Physics, Boston University

The Maybe Universe

  • Filename: the-maybe-universe.
  • ISBN: 9780595238798
  • Release Date: 2002-08-01
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Author: J. H. Hacsi
  • Publisher: iUniverse



Modern science has placed before us a vast and ancient universe, one said to contain a billion trillion stars clustered in a hundred billion galaxies and to be thirteen billion years old. Our earthly home, we are told, is a tiny chunk of matter randomly formed, revolving around a mediocre star in the outlying reaches of an unspectacular galaxy. Life on earth developed by chance. We are the end result of a series of accidents. This scientific Story of Creation, though finely detailed, isn't based on cold, hard fact. Scientists proclaim, wihout a shred of proof, that the laws of nature remain constant through both time and space. Upon this rock they build their world. This scientific premise cannot be proved. It must be taken on faith. This book dismisses the scientific premise and explains the universe based on an equally unprovable premise: That we are created in the image of our creator, and create the material world in our image. It then sets out to prove that the universe is not a vast ancient place ruled by chance but rather exists as a reflection, or shadow, or mirror image of us.

The Search for Certainty

  • Filename: the-search-for-certainty.
  • ISBN: 9781461252122
  • Release Date: 2012-12-06
  • Number of pages: 248
  • Author: W.W. Spradlin
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



Who are we? What are we? How do we fit into the world? Or into the universe? These and other questions pertaining to ourselves and our environ ment are as compelling to us today as they were to our primitive ancestors. Throughout our history we have developed paradigms of thought that have attempted to answer these questions, each conceptual framework being par ticularly relevant to its age. We are, in the twentieth century, witnessing a complete reorganization of our thinking. We are now, with the aid of tech nology, able to bring together both ancient and new patterns of thought and to observe the emergence of a kaleidoscopic world view that is uniting the once dissonant theories of philosophy, religion, and science. This book sketches an historical picture of three world views that have shaped our ideas about ourselves. These conceptual formats that have so influenced us are not mutually exclusive and are present in all of us simulta neously, although to varying degrees depending upon our individual biases.

Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion

  • Filename: galileo-goes-to-jail-and-other-myths-about-science-and-religion.
  • ISBN: 9780674054394
  • Release Date: 2009-03-31
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Ronald L. Numbers
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press



Ronald Numbers has recruited the leading scholars in this new history of science to puncture the myths, from Galileo's incarceration to Darwin's deathbed conversion to Einstein's belief in a personal God who "didn't play dice with the universe." Each chapter in Galileo Goes to Jail shows how much we have to gain by seeing beyond the myths.

The Human Touch

  • Filename: the-human-touch.
  • ISBN: 9781466829411
  • Release Date: 2008-01-22
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Author: Michael Frayn
  • Publisher: Macmillan



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.

Ultimate Explanations of the Universe

  • Filename: ultimate-explanations-of-the-universe.
  • ISBN: 9783642021039
  • Release Date: 2009-11-12
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Author: Michael Heller
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



We humans are collectively driven by a powerful - yet not fully explained - instinct to understand. We would like to see everything established, proven, laid bare. The more important an issue, the more we desire to see it clarified, stripped of all secrets, all shades of gray. What could be more important than to understand the Universe and ourselves as a part of it? To find a window onto our origin and our destiny? This book examines how far our modern cosmological theories - with their sometimes audacious models, such as inflation, cyclic histories, quantum creation, parallel universes - can take us towards answering these questions. Can such theories lead us to ultimate truths, leaving nothing unexplained? Last, but not least, Heller addresses the thorny problem of why and whether we should expect to find theories with all-encompassing explicative power.

The Human World in the Physical Universe

  • Filename: the-human-world-in-the-physical-universe.
  • ISBN: 0742512266
  • Release Date: 2001-01-01
  • Number of pages: 305
  • Author: Nicholas Maxwell
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield



This book tackles the problem of how we can understand our human world embedded in the physical universe in such a way that justice is done both to the richness, meaning and value of human life on the one hand, and what modern science tells us about the physical universe on the other hand. It includes discussion of consciousness, free will and evolution.

A Universe from Nothing

  • Filename: a-universe-from-nothing.
  • ISBN: 9781451624472
  • Release Date: 2012-01-10
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Lawrence M. Krauss
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



Bestselling author and acclaimed physicist Lawrence Krauss offers a paradigm-shifting view of how everything that exists came to be in the first place. “Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing?” One of the few prominent scientists today to have crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss describes the staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories that demonstrate not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing. With a new preface about the significance of the discovery of the Higgs particle, A Universe from Nothing uses Krauss’s characteristic wry humor and wonderfully clear explanations to take us back to the beginning of the beginning, presenting the most recent evidence for how our universe evolved—and the implications for how it’s going to end. Provocative, challenging, and delightfully readable, this is a game-changing look at the most basic underpinning of existence and a powerful antidote to outmoded philosophical, religious, and scientific thinking.

Making Sense of Generation Y

  • Filename: making-sense-of-generation-y.
  • ISBN: 9780715142424
  • Release Date: 2011-01-01
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Sara Savage
  • Publisher: Church House Publishing



For Generation Y, born after 1982, relationships happen over the Internet and music marks their territory. How does this generation think about the world? What does their spirituality look like? And what implications does this have for the Church? This book addresses the need for the Church to reconnect and communicate with young people.

The Eleventh Marcel Grossmann Meeting

  • Filename: the-eleventh-marcel-grossmann-meeting.
  • ISBN: 9812834265
  • Release Date: 2008-12
  • Number of pages: 3120
  • Author: Hagen Kleinert
  • Publisher: World Scientific Pub Co Inc



The Marcel Grossmann Meetings are three-yearly forums that meet to discuss recent advances in gravitation, general relativity and relativistic field theories, emphasizing their mathematical foundations, physical predictions and experimental tests. These meetings aim to facilitate the exchange of ideas among scientists, to deepen our understanding of spacetime structures, and to review the status of ongoing experiments and observations testing Einstein's theory of gravitation either from ground or space-based experiments. Since the first meeting in 1975 in Trieste, Italy, which was established by Remo Ruffini and Abdus Salam, the range of topics presented at these meetings has gradually widened to accommodate issues of major scientific interest, and attendance has grown to attract more than 900 participants from over 80 countries.This proceedings volume of the eleventh meeting in the series, held in Berlin in 2006, highlights and records the developments and applications of Einsteins theory in diverse areas ranging from fundamental field theories to particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, made possible by unprecedented technological developments in experimental and observational techniques from space, ground and underground observatories. It provides a broad sampling of the current work in the field, especially relativistic astrophysics, including many reviews by leading figures in the research community.

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