God and the New Physics (Penguin Science) Paperback – 25 Oct 1990
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`A List of the topics to which he refers would constitute an outline for
the dictionary of contemporary scientific excitement . His style is clear,
interesting, chatty' -- Times Higher Education Supplement
`One of the finest science writers of his generation' -- Independent
`Paul Davies is our best guide to this strange new world' -- Observer
About the Author
Paul Davies is an internationally acclaimed physicist, writer and broadcaster, now based in South Australia. He is the author of some twenty award-winning books, including About Time and The Fifth Miracle: The Search for the Origin of Life.
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In his book 'God and the New Physics', Davies continues a new tradition in which physicists particularly and scientists more generally write about their fields in philosophical, nearly theological terms discussing first causes, ultimate meanings, and the place of God and humanity in the overall scheme of the universe. Our understanding of the universe has changed dramatically in the last century, having been a fairly stable image for the past several hundred years. This has understandably made the philosophic and anthropomorphic considerations of the universe change dramatically as well.
'Science and religion represent two great systems of human thought. For the majority of people on our planet, religion is the predominant influence over the conduct of their affairs. When science impinges on their lives, it does so not at the intellectual level, but practically, through technology.'
Davies explores first the idea of genesis of the universe, exploring the intricacies of the big bang theory. This is a theory that has difficulties philosophically, that a purely scientific approach does not have an answer to, not least of which because it isn't asking the same question. Essentially, according to the big bang theory, the universe began as a singularity, essentially an infinitely small point from which all space and time (and all that is in it) emerged in an explosion-like phenomenon.Read more ›
I really came away from this book with a much clearer understanding of the way in which our material,and for that matter non material world is built up.I understand much more about modern quantum theory,the nature of time,how it all began and how it will all end,and our place in this seemingly alien and fundamentally strange universe.I can now see the direction in which modern physics is progressing and why.
An excellent introduction to the direction in which physics is heading.I have now ordered all of Mr Davies`books and look forward to delving a lot deeper.
Initially published in 1990, so if you are looking for something from the current forefront of scientific thinking, then some developments, especially in particle physics won't be covered here.
Davies looks at Genesis, Creation and the Big Bang. We consider that cause does not necessarily precede effect and that the Big Bang does not necessitate an external influence. We try and grasp the concept of how God could exist outside of space and time that is our own physical universe. We touch on some really hard to grasp concepts such as a primordial force acting just billionths of a second after the big bang, timewarps and singularities. We look at order and disorder and the teleological argument for the existence of God, matter and antimatter, particles and quantum physics. He then examines Life itself and the concept of mind. So you can see that as a reader you cover a lot of ground here and not all of it is easy going.
Some of the physics presented here is hard to grasp. Not because Davies uses complex mathematics but because the concepts are a bit tricky to understand. I am not sure if the lack was in the explanation or in my understanding. There is the problem of translating a precise mathematical theory into the imprecise language that we all read and speak. In the majority Davies does a splendid job of explaining some complex science in terms that a layman can understand and appreciate.Read more ›
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This is a mind-transforming book for those who miss the religious belief they have now lost. And interestingly it fits with the Jewish Chassidic theology.Published 5 months ago by BookReader
I found this book fascinating. I'm not a scientist but my late son was a theoretical physicist. I think he would have loved this book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by John Bradley
The whole Paul Davies books are full of crap, very out dated. No point purchasing
Definitely all you want from a book, challenging, though provoking, insightful and takes you through all the . Questions we only sometimes dare to ask... great read!Published on 5 Jan. 2014 by KS
I bought this book as a gift for someone who is interested in the subject so I couldn't review it and I don't think the person I gave it to as a Christmas gift has had time to read... Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2013 by Esme J Richardson
St. Augustine of Hippo was quite advanced for his day. He corrects those who see the cosmological argument as seemingly contradictory because you can't ask `Who made God? Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2013 by Mr. D. P. Jay
Inside the front cover of this book the author quotes Albert Einstein as saying.....
"Religion without science is blind.
Science without religion is lame". Read more