Is God a Mathematician?
Author: Mario Livio
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Bestselling author and astrophysicist Mario Livio examines the lives and theories of history’s greatest mathematicians to ask how—if mathematics is an abstract construction of the human mind—it can so perfectly explain the physical world. Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics” in the formulation of the laws of nature. Is God a Mathematician? investigates why mathematics is as powerful as it is. From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline could so perfectly explain the natural world. More than that—mathematics has often made predictions, for example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be true. Is mathematics ultimately invented or discovered? If, as Einstein insisted, mathematics is “a product of human thought that is independent of experience,” how can it so accurately describe and even predict the world around us? Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical ideas from Pythagoras to the present day as he shows us how intriguing questions and ingenious answers have led to ever deeper insights into our world. This fascinating book will interest anyone curious about the human mind, the scientific world, and the relationship between them.
Looking at both historical and contemporary contexts, the author argues that religion has played a major role in suppressing scientific pursuit. Original.
Roy Rappaport argues that religion is central to the continuing evolution of life, although it has been been displaced from its original position of intellectual authority by the rise of modern science. His book, which could be construed as in some degree religious as well as about religion, insists that religion can and must be reconciled with science. Combining adaptive and cognitive approaches to the study of humankind, he mounts a comprehensive analysis of religion's evolutionary significance, seeing it as co-extensive with the invention of language and hence of culture as we know it. At the same time he assembles the fullest study yet of religion's main component, ritual, which constructs the conceptions which we take to be religious and has been central in the making of humanity's adaptation. The text amounts to a manual for effective ritual, illustrated by examples drawn from anthropology, history, philosophy, comparative religion, and elsewhere.
Author: Philip Ball
Ball shows how much can be understood of human behavior when we cease to predict and analyze the behavior of individuals and instead look to the impact of individual decisions--whether in circumstances of cooperation or conflict--on our laws, institutions and customs.
Essays examine such topics as cold fusion, the drug war, the solar system, and iodine
Author: Carl Sagan
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Presents an illustrated guide to the universe and to Earth's relationship to it, moving from theories of creation to humankind's discovery of the cosmos, to general relativity, to space missions, and beyond.
The God Theory
Author: Bernard Haisch
As science integrates the in-depth knowledge of the physical world accumulated over the past three centuries, it will be channeled into a new and exciting line of inquiry that acknowledges the expanded reality of consciousness as a creative force in the universe and the spiritual creative power embodied in our own minds. This book summarizes the thoughts of an inquisitive, but open-minded, scientist. What I present here is a theory that looks promising, not scientific proof. It should not be surprising, however, if some of what I propose coincides with theories propounded by others who claim a more intimate relationship with the Almighty. After all, if I am on the right track, and if they are, it would be worrisome if we were not, ultimately, in agreement. All I ask is that you seriously consider the logic of my theory, especially if it challenges you to question what you were taught - in Sunday school, in catechism or, dare I say, in physics class. I offer this book, not as a theological treatise, but as a short, readable exposition of a worldview that can bring sense and purpose into individual lives, and tolerance and peace to a planet whose future is in serious jeopardy - in large part because of the irrational dogmatism of both religion and science. If I am correct, we are literally all one being (God) in many individual forms. Why, then, would we continue to harm one another?
Fernando de Szyszlo
Author: Dore Ashton
Publisher: Poligrafa Ediciones Sa
Alongside the Chilean Roberto Matta, Fernando de Szyszlo (Lima, 1925) is one of the most important influences in post-war Latin American art. Associated with the Parisian avant-garde, in the fifties De Szyszlo took part in significant exhibition projects including the Sao Paulo and Venice biennials. His oeuvre, represented in the most discerning collections, has drawn from the mythical legacy of pre-Columbian cultures without forsaking the abstract language of the historical avant-garde, of which he has proven to be a devoted follower. This monograph, which comprises an extensive essay by Dore Ashton, and is illustrated with more than 200 color plates, presents a comprehensive survey on Szyszlo's career. The book includes a complete biography and bibliography of the artist.
Author: Gottfried Leibniz
Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz's The Monadology is Leibniz's most famous publication on metaphysics.
History and Truth
Author: Paul Ricoeur
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Paul Ricoeur was one of the foremost interpreters and translators of Edmund Husserl's philosophy. These nine essays present Ricoeur's interpretation of the most important of Husserl's writings, with emphasis on his philosophy of consciousness rather than his work in logic. In Ricoeur's philosophy, phenomenology and existentialism came of age and these essays provide an introduction to the Husserlian elements which most heavily influenced his own philosophical position.
This book gives a challenging point of view about science and its history/philosophy/sociology. Science is in decline. After centuries of great achievements, the exhaustion of new forms and fatigue have reached our culture in all of its manifestations including the pure sciences. Our society is saturated with knowledge which does not offer people any sense in their lives. There is a loss of ideals in the search for great truths and a shift towards an anodyne specialized industry whose main goal is the sustenance and procreation of an endogamic professional caste. A wide audience of educated people interested in these topics will most likely respond to the ideas expressed here as things they have thought about or observed, but have not dared to say out loud.
The Fifty-Minute Hour
Author: Robert Lindner
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
“A fascinating mixture of traditional psychoanalytic thinking with clinical strategies that even today would be considered creative and controversial, The Fifty-Minute Hour has never failed to capture the imagination. . . . No student’s education in psychotherapy is complete without reading this book. Decades after its original publication, it still stands as a pioneering landmark in the history of psychotherapy.”-John Suler
Illustrations: 4 Figures Description: The four-hundred year split between science and spirituality is now bridged. With the publication of Science and Spirituality: A Quantum Integration, the authors have demonstrated not only the long-suspected metaphysical unity of science and spirituality but also their cosmological and methodological unity. Crucial to the new integration are ideas of quantum physics and quantum leaps, which embody a new science based on the primacy of consciousness as propounded in the Upanishads. Goswami's show in this paradigm-shifting book that not only can the paradoxes of quantum physics be resolved on the basis of a spiritual universe but also well-known paradoxes of life, mind, and health. With equally competent exposition and scientific theory and experimental data and spiritual cosmologies and practices, the authors take you through a scientific exploration of spirituality that is truly breathtaking. Even ideas of survival after death, reincarnation, and immortality are included. All the monumental traditions of India, Vedanta, Yoga, and Tantra, become alive in their connectedness with this newest science within consciousness. This book will be useful for scholars and general readers as well.
Explores hundreds of the often strange beliefs flourishing in New Age America, including crystals, alternative medicines, and spontaneous human combustion, and discusses the validity of these beliefs