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The accidental universe : the world you thought you knew

Author: Alan P Lightman
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2014. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Vintage books editionView all editions and formats
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Meditates on scientific findings that are changing the understanding of the cosmos, exploring such topics as the debate between science and religion, the conflict between the desire for permanence and nature's impermanence, and the ways technology has changed physical experiences.
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Named Person: Alan P Lightman; Alan P Lightman
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan P Lightman
ISBN: 034580595X 9780345805959 9780307908582 0307908585
OCLC Number: 870896474
Notes: "Published previously in hardcover by Pantheon Books ... in 2013"--Title page verso.
Description: xi, 157 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The accidental universe --
The temporary universe --
The spiritual universe --
The symmetrical universe --
The gargantuan universe --
The lawful universe --
The disembodied universe.
Responsibility: Alan Lightman.

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Meditates on scientific findings that are changing the understanding of the cosmos, exploring such topics as the debate between science and religion, the conflict between the desire for permanence and nature's impermanence, and the ways technology has changed physical experiences.

With passion and curiosity, Alan Lightman explores the emotional and philosophical questions raised by recent discoveries in science. He looks at the dialogue between science and religion; the conflict between our human desire for permanence and the impermanence of nature; the possibility that our universe is simply an accident; the manner in which modern technology has separated us from direct experience of the world; and our resistance to the view that our bodies and minds can be explained by scientific logic and laws. Behind all of these considerations is the suggestion--at once haunting and exhilarating--that what we see and understand of the world is only a tiny piece of the extraordinary, perhaps unfathomable whole.--Publisher website.

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