God's Laughter: Man and His Cosmos (Kodansha Globe)

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9781568360454: God's Laughter: Man and His Cosmos (Kodansha Globe)

Staguhn, a German science writer, explores how science and religion have influenced cosmology and draws a parallel between the rational desire to understand the universe and the spiritual quest for knowledge. He touches on topics such as the history of cosmology and more.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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God's Laughter is about humanity's search for meaning in the universe through both science and religion. After reviewing world views from the classical philosophers through Newton, Staguhn, a German journalist, centers on the perceptual shift from Newton's stable, mathematically described universe to Einstein's mathematically stable but relativistic universe, which cannot be truly comprehended except as a "cosmic religiousness." He then shows how this view is similar to Taoist and Buddhist world views. Our conception of the world has also been altered by quantum and particle physics. Staguhn says that physics and cosmology have entered the world of metaphysics, overlapping with religion, so that now physics requires as much faith as religion. He concludes with a discussion of recent cosmological theories such as the black holes. This book is similar to Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time (LJ 4/15/88) and will appeal to a broad audience of interested lay readers.
- Eric D. Albright, Galter Health Sciences Lib., Northwestern Univ. , Chicago
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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