The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew

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Compact Disc, Blackstone Audiobooks, 2014, ISBN13 9781482955941, ISBN10 1482955946

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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.

From the acclaimed author of "Einstein s Dreams" and "Mr. g" comes a meditation on the unexpected ways in which recent scientific findings have shaped our understanding of ourselves and our place in the cosmos.

With all the passion, curiosity, and precise yet lyrical prose that have marked his previous books, Alan Lightman here explores the emotional and philosophical questions raised by discoveries in science, focusing most intently on the human condition and the needs of humankind. He looks at the difficult 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. And 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.

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Contributed by: Pinchot, Bronson
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc
Publish Date: Jan 2014
ISBN-13: 9781482955941
ISBN-10: 1482955946
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 5.75 x 0.5
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