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Stenger, Victor J. 1935-

Overview
Works: 35 works in 103 publications in 3 languages and 5,169 library holdings
Genres: Controversial literature  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: QC6, 212.1
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Most widely held works by Victor J Stenger
God : the failed hypothesis : how science shows that God does not exist by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Physicist Victor J. Stenger contends that, if God exists, some evidence for this existence should be detectable by scientific means, especially considering the central role that God is alleged to play in the operation of the universe and the lives of humans. Treating the traditional God concept like any other scientific hypothesis, Stenger examines all of the claims made for God's existence. He considers the latest Intelligent Design arguments as evidence of God's influence in biology. He looks at human behavior for evidence of immaterial souls and the possible effects of prayer. He discusses the findings of physics and astronomy in weighing the suggestions that the universe is the work of a creator and that humans are God's special creation. After evaluating all the scientific evidence, Stenger concludes that beyond a reasonable doubt the universe and life appear exactly as we might expect if there were no God.--From publisher description
Physics and psychics : the search for a world beyond the senses by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
7 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book critically examines theories of a transcendent reality in terms of all that is currently known about matter at its most fundamental level. Victor J. Stenger gives a provocative, often amusing history of psychic research and occult beliefs, offering a convincing rebuttal to those who attempt to link physics to mystical truths. Stenger examines a number of well-known paranormal claims and shows how they can be explained without resorting to supernatural or psychic hypotheses. Discussing quantum theory and relativity, he demonstrates that these concepts actually invalidate paranormal claims and that there is no scientific basis for a universe other than one composed of observable matter. The human species has always lived under the assumption that supernatural forces determine destiny. Can our lives retain meaning when this assumption seems unfounded?
The new atheism : taking a stand for science and reason by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Stenger describes how secularists have jumped on the anti-Islam hysteria generated after September 11 to take the offensive against religion generally, most often the Abrahamic monotheistic religions of the West
Timeless reality : symmetry, simplicity, and multiple universes by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Using language that is easily understood by the nonspecialist, Stenger elucidates these complex subjects with astounding clarity. The many illustrations also help make the book come alive in a manner that is more accessible to the educated lay reader."--BOOK JACKET
The fallacy of fine-tuning : why the universe is not designed for us by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Argues that many claims by theists are based on their misunderstanding of science. He looks at the specific parameters and shows that plausible reasons can be found for the values they have within the existing standard models of physics and cosmology
The unconscious quantum : metaphysics in modern physics and cosmology by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
9 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The comprehensible cosmos : where do the laws of physics come from? by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Quantum gods : creation, chaos, and the search for cosmic consciousness by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Does quantum mechanics show a connection between the human mind and the cosmos? Are our brains tuned into a "cosmic consciousness" that pervades the universe enabling us to make our own reality? Do quantum mechanics and chaos theory provide a place for God to act in the world without violating natural laws? Many popular books make such claims and argue that key developments in twentieth-century physics, such as the uncertainty principle and the butterfly effect, support the notion that God or a universal mind acts upon material reality. The author here examines these contentions in a carefully reasoned analysis of popular theories that seek to link spirituality to physics. Throughout the book, the author alternates his discussions of popular spirituality with a survey of what the findings of twentieth-century physics actually mean. Thus he offers the reader a useful synopsis of contemporary religious ideas as well as basic but sophisticated physics presented in layperson's terms (without equations). Of particular interest in this book is the author's discussion of a new kind of deism, which proposes a God who creates a universe with many possible pathways determined by chance, but otherwise does not interfere with the physical world or the lives of humans
God and the atom by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Overview: This history of atomism, from Democritus to the recent discovery of the Higgs boson, chronicles one of the most successful scientific hypotheses ever devised, making the case that in the final analysis, atoms and the void are all that exists. Originating separately in both ancient Greece and India, the concept of the atom persisted for centuries, despite often running afoul of conventional thinking. Until the twentieth century, no direct evidence for atoms existed. Today it is possible to actually observe atoms using a scanning tunneling microscope. The book begins with the story of the earliest atomists-the ancient Greek philosophers Leucippus, Democritus, and Epicurus, and the Latin poet Lucretius. As the author notes, the idea of elementary particles as the foundation of reality had many opponents throughout history-from Aristotle to Christian theologians and even some nineteenth-century chemists and philosophers. While theists today accept that the evidence for the atomic theory of matter is overwhelming, they reject the atheistic implications of that theory
Not by design : the origin of the universe by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
God and the folly of faith : the incompatibility of science and religion by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
5 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Looking at both historical and contemporary contexts, the author argues that religion has played a major role in suppressing scientific pursuit
Has science found God? : the latest results in the search for purpose in the universe by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
5 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the past few years a number of scientists have claimed that there is credible scientific evidence for the existence of God. Is this true? Are scientists close to solving the greatest of all mysteries? Physicist Victor J. Stenger delves into these questions from a skeptical point of view in this lucid presentation of the key scientific facts. Stenger critically reviews the attempts of many contemporary theologians and some scientists to resurrect failed natural theologies in new guises. Whether these involve updated arguments from design, anthropic coincidences, or modern forms of deism, Stenger clearly shows that nothing in modern physics, biology, or cosmology requires supernatural explanation and that those who claim evidence for intelligent design in the universe have made a number of fundamental scientific errors.--From publisher description
Proceedings of the Workshop on High Energy Neutrino Astrophysics, Honolulu, Hawaii, 23-26 March 1992 by Workshop on High Energy Neutrino Astrophysics ( Book )
4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dumand-80 : proceedings of the 1980 International Dumand Symposium, July 24 - August 2, Hawaii-Dumand Center by International Dumand Symposium ( Book )
3 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dieu by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in French and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dieu, l'hypothèse erronée : comment la science prouve que Dieu n'existe pas by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
2 editions published in 2009 in French and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Quantum quackery physics, metaphysics, and flapdoodle ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses the misuse of quantum mechanics and modern physics. Explains that current scientific hypotheses about the material nature of reality are all we need to explain known phenomena and that mystical notions say more about the human need to believe than about the fundamental makeup of the universe
God, een onhoudbare hypothese : hoe de wetenschap bewijst dat God niet bestaat by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in Dutch and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bestrijding van het bestaan van God aan de hand van natuurwetenschappelijke en theologische argumenten
The new Atheism : standing up for science and reason by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
God : the failed hypothesis ; how science shows that good does not exist by Victor J Stenger ( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in Undetermined and English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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ステンガー, ヴィクター・J
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English (80)
French (3)
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