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In The Wonder of the World, "Guru" (Madhva Mitra) and "Geek" (Joe Levin) debate the fundamental questions of existence. These are the starting points of their inquiry:
- What happened before the Big Bang?
- Does the universe have an IQ?
- How do electrons and photons, cells and proteins, "know" what to do and what keeps them ticking?
- How do thoughts "cause" brain events?
- Is there a supra-scientific Theory of Everything?
- What did the pioneers and prophets of science think of God?
Guru is an exponent of the God-equation that underlies science and reason and Geek is an atheist scientist who holds that science leaves no room for religion. Guru seeks to show that we can "see" God here and now. Geek says, "show me." Guru offers to lead a pilgrimage from the invention of Nature to the Mind of God. Join them now as they journey through the Wonder of the World: space, time and motion; the quantum microverse; Big Bang and other cosmologies; the saga of life on planet Earth and the appearance of rational self-consciousness.
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Roy Abraham Varghese is editor of the best-selling Cosmos, Bios, Theos, which included contributions from 24 Nobel Prize-winning scientists. Time Magazine called Cosmos "the year’s most intriguing book about God" and The Science Teacher recommended it as "a significant and thought-provoking contribution to the literature on the relationship of science and religion." Cosmic Beginnings and Human Ends, a subsequent work, won a 1996 Templeton Book Prize for Outstanding Books in Science and Natural Theology. Varghese was a panelist at the science and religion forum in the Parliament of World Religions held in Chicago in 1993 and an invitee and participant in the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders held at the United Nations in August 2000.Review:
...a highly illuminating and thought-provoking discussion of all the important issues on the borderline between science and religion. -- Robert Jastrow - founder of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, Director of the Mount Wilson Observatory and author of God and the Astronomers
...a sensitive, profound and clear discussion of the important issues of our universe and our existence. -- Charles H. Townes - Nobel Prize winner and inventor of the laser
...helped me to challenge and refine my...answers to the ultimate questions that each one of us must ask. -- Arno Penzias - Nobel Prize winner; discovered Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation establishing the Big Bang theory
I intend to reread The Wonder of the World at leisure. I was hugely impressed and substantially challenged by it. --Antony Flew - the world's best-known atheist and a critic of theism for more than 50 years
Though I found myself arguing with both protagonists, the issues raised and Guru s lucid outline of modern science s framework of understanding, helped me to challenge and refine my own answers to the ultimate questions that each one of us must ask. --Arno Penzias Nobel Prize winner; discovered Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation establishing the Big Bang theory
Varghese explores the basic and critical questions we face concerning this remarkable and wonderful universe. Why are we here? Where are we going? This is no doctrinaire treatise, but a sensitive, profound and clear discussion of the important issues of our universe and our existence, including questions, answers, and uncertainties. It is written with a deep understanding of philosophy, spirituality, and the complex science involved, yet expressed in a way which is interesting and very understandable to the non-specialist. --Charles H. TownesNobel Prize winner and inventor of the laser
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