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Stenger, Victor J. 1935-2014

Overview
Works: 48 works in 152 publications in 6 languages and 5,719 library holdings
Genres: Controversial literature  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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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 )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 913 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 )

9 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 612 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 fallacy of fine-tuning : why the universe is not designed for us by Victor J Stenger( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 483 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 new atheism : taking a stand for science and reason by Victor J Stenger( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 468 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 )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Many people believe that the laws of nature represent a deep, Platonic reality that goes beyond the material objects that are observed by eye and by advanced scientific instruments. Stenger maintains that reality may be simpler and less mysterious than most think. The quantum world only appears mysterious when forced to obey rules of everyday human experience. Stenger convincingly argues that, based on established principles of simplicity and symmetry, at its deepest level reality is literally timeless. Within this reality it is possible that many universes exist, each with structures and laws different from our own."
The unconscious quantum : metaphysics in modern physics and cosmology by Victor J Stenger( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and Japanese and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this fascinating and accessible book, physicist Victor J. Stenger guides the lay reader through the key developments of quantum mechanics and the debate over its apparent paradoxes. In the process, he critically appraises recent metaphysical fads popularized by such authors as Deepak Chopra and Fritjof Capra. Dr. Stenger's knack for elucidating scientific ideas and controversies in language that the nonspecialist can comprehend opens up to the widest possible audience a wealth of information on the most important findings of contemporary physics." "Stenger makes it clear that current scientific hypotheses about the material nature of reality are all we need to explain the available evidence and that mystical notions say more about the human need to believe than about the fundamental makeup of the universe."--BOOK JACKET
God and the atom by Victor J Stenger( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 356 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
The comprehensible cosmos : where do the laws of physics come from? by Victor J Stenger( Book )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stenger provides an in-depth presentation for those fascinated by how physicsexplains the universe and affects philosophy
God and the multiverse : humanity's expanding view of the cosmos by Victor J Stenger( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cosmologists have reasons to believe that the vast universe in which we live is just one of an endless number of other universes within a multiverse--a mind-boggling array that may extend indefinitely in space and endlessly in both the past and the future. In this comprehensive history of multiverse theory, Victor Stenger reviews the key developments in the history of science that led to the current consensus view of astrophysicists, taking pains to explain essential concepts and discoveries in accessible language. He shows that science's emerging understanding of the multiverse--consisting of trillions upon trillions of galaxies--is fully explicable in naturalistic terms with no need for supernatural forces to explain its origin or ongoing existence. How can conceptions of God, traditional or otherwise, be squared with this new worldview? The author shows how, in the light of science, long-held beliefs will need to undergo major revision or otherwise face eventual extinction."--Publisher description
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 306 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
Quantum gods : creation, chaos, and the search for cosmic consciousness by Victor J Stenger( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 294 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
Not by design : the origin of the universe by Victor J Stenger( Book )

4 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 243 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 )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The proceedings of this workshop consideres the prospects for opening up a new window on the universe with the generation of High Energy Neutrino telescopes now under construction or being planned. Potential sources of high energy neutrinos such as binary pulsars, supernovae, and active galactic nuclei are discussed. In particular, the recent model of Stecker and collaborators, in which neutrinos with energies as high as 1000 TeV are produced in measurable quantities in the cores of quasars and other active galaxies is critically reviewed."--Publisher's website
Christianity in the light of science : critically examining the world's largest religion( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Scientists and scholars with a decidedly secular point of view present well-argued criticisms of Christianity"--
Dumand-80 : proceedings of the 1980 International Dumand Symposium, July 24 - August 2, Hawaii-Dumand Center by International Dumand Symposium( Book )

4 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dieu, l'hypothèse erronée : comment la science prouve que Dieu n'existe pas by Victor J Stenger( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The portable atheist : essential readings for the nonbeliever by Christopher Hitchens( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite the mistaken use of the label "New Atheists," there is a lot of continuity over the past couple of centuries among atheist authors in their critiques of religion, theism, and superstition. Not every argument is identical, and even when the same basic argument is being offered there can be variety in how it is presented. This evolution of atheist critiques of supernatural religion is one of the virtues of Christopher Hitchens' book The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever. Well known for his own atheist book God Is Not Great, Hitchens treads some very heavily-traveled ground here in editing a compendium of atheist writings. Do we really need yet another book of essays, isolated chapters, and other selections from atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and skeptics of the past? What could we get out of this latest offering that we didn't get from the past half dozen that we bought - or the others that we simply skipped? Those are good questions, and reasons why I was skeptical of Hitchens' book, but in the end I think he succeeds in making his book more than "just one more" collection of atheist essays
The new Atheism : standing up for science and reason by Victor J Stenger( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

¿Existe Dios? : el gran enfrentamiento entre ciencia y creencia, entre fe y razón by Victor J Stenger( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in Spanish and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A día de hoy la ciencia ha avanzado lo suficiente como para pronunciarse sobre la existencia-o la inexistencia- de un Dios que se ajuste al modelo expuesto por la tradición judeo-cristiana-islámica. El autor nos invita a discurrir y emplear el método científico para ponderar tal afirmación
 
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God : the failed hypothesis : how science shows that God does not exist Dieu, l'hypothèse erronée : comment la science prouve que Dieu n'existe pas
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Physics and psychics : the search for a world beyond the sensesThe fallacy of fine-tuning : why the universe is not designed for usThe new atheism : taking a stand for science and reasonTimeless reality : symmetry, simplicity, and multiple universesThe unconscious quantum : metaphysics in modern physics and cosmologyThe comprehensible cosmos : where do the laws of physics come from?Quantum gods : creation, chaos, and the search for cosmic consciousnessNot by design : the origin of the universe
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Stenger, V. J.

Stenger, Victor J., 1935-

Victor J. Stenger Amerikaans natuurkundige

Victor J. Stenger filòsof estatunidenc

Victor J. Stenger filósofo estadounidense

Victor J. Stenger philosophe américain

Victor J. Stenger US-amerikanischer Physiker und atheistischer Aktivist

Βίκτορ Στένγκερ

Віктор Стенджер

Стенджер, Виктор

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فيكتور شتينجر

فيكتور شتينجر فيلسوف أمريكي

ویکتور استنجر فیزیک‌دان و فیلسوف آمریکایی

விக்டர் இசுடெங்கர்

스텐저, 빅터 J. 1935-

ステンガー, ヴィクター・J

維克特·斯鄧葛

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