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The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth [Hardcover]

Gerald L. Schroeder
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3 Dec 2001 0684870592 978-0684870595
A tour of modern science, from the universe as a whole to the smallest particle of matter, to show that there is an underlying wisdom beneath it all. The book combines physics, biology and neuroscience to illuminate the unity of the great plan behind the universe. It draws on traditional religious topics such as free will, evil and man's place in the universe to show that scientists have sometimes changed the surface debates on these issues, but have mainly deepened our appreciation and understanding of the ultimate questions and God's place in the world.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (3 Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684870592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684870595
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,088,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bryce Christensen "Booklist" Schroeder takes the widespread perception that science disproves religion and turns it on its head....This book deserves widespread circulation among readers still alive to the hidden harmonies of the universe. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gerald L. Schroeder earned his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before moving to laboratories at the Weizmann Institute, the Hebrew University, and the Volcani Research Institute in Israel. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and their five children.

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I will just quote one verse from Koran:

"We will show them Our signs in the horizons, and within themselves, until it becomes clear to them that this is the truth. Is it not enough that your Lord is witness over all things?" (41: 53)

This is exactly what the author has figured out that His face is hidden but is surely there and is manifested in His signs.
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7 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How this book reveals nothing of the sort 3 Jun 2007
First of all, you must know that I could not read the book through. After the first couple of pages I kept making promises to myself that if the next two pages won't improve I will dispose this book - again and again. Eventually I sold it to a second-hand bookshop, being somewhat ashamed of having this book on my shelf.

On every page one can find sentences that are either inaccurate or smudged over or simply do not state anything while making the impression of doing so. Just one instance of the many: the author brings up the example of ATP cycle that happens inside cells of living organisms. This cycle allegedly consumes some ATP in order to produce more - I am not a biochemist, but I guess this is true. Now, Mr Schroeder makes rhetorics like "And guess what does this cycle need in order to produce ATP? That's right: ATP!" without making a specific conclusion or a statement to complete this thought. Did he mean that obviously this cycle cannot maintain itself? Probably not since he also states that the cycle creates more ATP than it consumes, and any layman would laugh at this, since similar phenomena are all around us: you need people to make people, you need investment to make profit, etc. Did he mean that this cycle must have been initiated manually by God? At this point, a layman, of course is at loss, he or she may not have heard about the whole branch "evolutionary biochemistry" which tries to solve problems related exactly to how complex metabolic processes found in modern cells may have evolved.

Which begs the question: is this really the best an MIT trained scientist can do or was this deliberate?

Finally, why should specific aramic phrases in the book of Genesis have any significance?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awe and mystery 17 May 2002
By Keith - Published on
As a physicist, I have been seduced by the awe and mystery (to borrow from "The Outer Limits") of quantum mechanics for years. Still, the esoteric nature of subatomic physics was never adequate to convince me of an intelligent design of the universe. Schroeder, however, has succeeded in convincing me of an underlying wisdom in nature through his eloquent description of the mind-boggling complexity of molecular biology. I came away from this book with a perplexing and contradictory sense of calm and breathlessness.
Schroeder succeeds where others have failed; namely, he has convinced me that an honest and compelling argument can be made for the existence of God/Creator/universal intelligence without resorting to fundamentalist dogma or pseudo-science.
Be warned: parts of the book are tedious; Schroeder admits this. If you are unwilling to put some thought behind the subject matter, then this book isn't for you. But if you're not afraid to think, then by all means read his book; your soul will thank you.
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A First Rate Teacher 4 Dec 2003
By Bert Wiefels - Published on
Schroeder is a wonderful teacher. He sees the sublime in science and his prose is at times beautifully poetic. He delves in both the macrocosm as well as microcosm using both to show that there is an inherent design to the universe and the life within it. This is a book that is well suited to those who would run from the usual creationist palaver yet feel that all of the wonder we see in this universe has to be more than an accident.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reductionism and teleology. 27 Aug 2003
By Wesley L. Janssen - Published on
Noted Israeli physicist Gerald Schroeder presents a compelling case that our universe is readily reducible to simply this -- an immaterial wisdom. "The solidity of iron is actually 99.9999999999999 percent startlingly vacuous space made to feel solid by ethereal fields of force having no material reality at all." And what is that tiny portion of an "atom" of matter that we describe as supposedly being "matter", that is, the quarks and electrons? They are incredibly precise (i.e., specified) packets of 'frozen' energy, highly tuned to interact with these highly tuned "ethereal fields." It seems that such objects are essentially intellectual constructs, as are all the "objects" of the so-called particle zoo. We call "something" a quark (or a photon, electron, etc) only because we can assign a certain behavior to "it". But what is "it"? Apart from saying that "it" is specified information, nobody knows. Within the quantum mechanical framework, these "objects" are essentially mathematical objects. As Einstein told us, what we call matter is merely condensed ("frozen") energy. And it turns out that energy is merely information. But what incredibly elegant information it is! (If it were not, neither people nor stars nor any "material" thing could exist). The materialist paradigm of our age is decidedly uneasy with the revelation that "matter" is but an elegant creation of a nonmaterial and extra cosmic entity. Why should we have an "Elegant Universe"? Philosophical pre-commitments seek a "blind" non-thing as an explanation, actually demanding a clumsy series of explanations other than the theist's Creator. (Interestingly, this approach is mislabeled "reductionism" and/or "positivism"!) "Consider the 'coincidences'" of nature's wisdom, asks Schroeder, and explanations other than a wise Creator "must seem a bit forced," even to the atheist.
The only detraction that I will offer is that the author subscribes to a kind of 'process theology'. Overall, this may be a minor problem. Schroeder's central thesis is itself elegant (and modestly eloquent, and yes, obvious to anyone who isn't psychologically pre-committed to rejecting it out of hand).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Science Meets Theology 25 Feb 2002
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Gerald Schroeder, with his unusual background (expertise in biology and physics, and a very broad knowledge of world religions)is one of those rare people with the qualifications to write a book such as this. And it's a good thing, too, in an age where the empiricism of many scientists minimizes or eliminates the role of God in our universe. His main thesis--that science helps us uncover the hidden code in creation which clearly reveals that God is more than just a Creator--is demonstrated by his own experience and that of other scientists as well as by illustrations of God's plan inherent in the world around us.
I've read this book twice and I will probably read it yet again. Along with Paul Davies's book The Mind of God, this book is a must for anyone wishing to explore the ways science can prove God's existence and plan.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The not so hidden, The Hidden Face of God 30 Nov 2005
By Angela Davis - Published on
The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth by Gerald L. Schroeder has the potential to strike and interest in believers and non-believers alike. Schroeder takes a very disturbing position for some due to the face that he turns the ideas of science and uses them to support religious ideas. Most people in the world of science and religion would find this blasphemous, but when looked at closer I feel that Schroeder is on to something rather phenomenal. Gerald uses a great amount of scientific knowledge to prove his point and I would like to further examine this argument made by him.

I found that the best way to fully review Schroeder's work would be to go chapter by chapter, due to the science is divided up that way in his book. Not to mention this just makes more sense to follow the organization style of the book when reviewing it. So let us begin with Chapter one in Schroeder's evaluation of science and the capabilities it has to help the argument for religious believers.

Chapter One is entitled The Puzzle of Existence: An Overview and takes on the great feat of taking on an understanding of the metaphysical and therefore he argues that you cannot describe theology without insights of science, since the physical is needed to describe the metaphysical. I found this and ingenious way of thinking of things and must say that I agree with him. His second chapter ties into this, as well as all of the others, but one question he raised was, "How does one imagine, or even relate to, images [absolute]?" Another interesting concept that was brought up was how the universe was born as an undifferentiated unity, and how science today is trying to rediscover this.

Moving on in this book I was constantly amazed at how Schroeder would use specific scientific examples and tie them into the concept of using them to support faith. I love how he never directly comes out and says this supports this, but allows the reader to go along with him on the journey and make discoveries on their own. Basically, Schroeder takes his readers into the physics, anatomy, and metaphysics of human life and the world, as we know it. I find that he does a wonderful job and can't say enough good things about it.

One critical thing about this book is that you must have a firm background in science in order to read this. If you don't then you will find yourself looking up all the concepts he brings forward like Laplace's theory of determinism, Planck's constant, and metabolism. You also must have a good grasp on religious concepts, Biblical figures and other religions other than Christianity for this book to make better sense. I find that if you are not a believer of any religion you may read this book and find it difficult, but very rewarding in the end, due to the extensive research that was put into this work. His diagrams of the visual cortex and other brain structures help to keep one on track with what Schroeder is talking about in chapter seven.

Finally, I would just like to say that this is a wonderful text for anyone who wants to learn more about themselves and their surroundings, as well as ways to support their beliefs. This text is pushing the envelope with what it has to say, but is very clear and concise even when speaking about the relationship of DNA and RNA, meiosis, and the bringing about of life. This book has it all and marvels at how nature has these vast connections that science is trying to reveal. Schroeder's, The Hidden Face of God is a must read in my opinion because he comes at the argument of knowing that God is, but not knowing what God is in a very tactful scientific manner. Another five star read, from a man of great talent.
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