The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew

The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew by Alan Lightman

Synopsis: 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.

Published: November 2013 | ISBN: 978-0345805959

Mini-bio: Alan Paige Lightman is an American physicist, writer, and social entrepreneur. In his scientific work, he has made fundamental contributions to the astrophysics of black holes and to the behavior of matter and radiation under conditions of extreme temperatures and densities.Wikipedia

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