God and the New Physics

God and the New Physics How did the universe begin and how will it end What is matter What is mind and can it survive death What are time and space and how do they relate to ideas about God Is the order of the universe the

  • Title: God and the New Physics
  • Author: Paul Davies
  • ISBN: 9780671476885
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How did the universe begin and how will it end What is matter What is mind, and can it survive death What are time and space, and how do they relate to ideas about God Is the order of the universe the result of accident or design The most profound and age old questions of existence for centuries the focus of religion and philosophy may soon be answered throughHow did the universe begin and how will it end What is matter What is mind, and can it survive death What are time and space, and how do they relate to ideas about God Is the order of the universe the result of accident or design The most profound and age old questions of existence for centuries the focus of religion and philosophy may soon be answered through the extraordinary advances of a field of science known as the new physics In this illuminating work, Paul Davies, author of the acclaimed Other Worlds and The Edge of Infinity, writes that the discoveries of 20th century physics relativity and the quantum theory are now pointing the way to a new appreciation of man and his place in the universe They could, in fact, bring within our grasp a unified description of all creation Demanding a radical reformulation of the most fundamental aspects of reality and a way of thinking that is in closer accord with mysticism than materialism, the new physics, says Davies, offers a surer path to God than religion Described by The Washington Post as impressive, God and the New Physics is a fascinating look at the impact of science on what were formerly religious issues Elegantly written, a book for both scholars and lay readers of science, it is, according to the Christian Science Monitor, a provocativewarding intellectual romp.

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    1. Celebrity Death Match Special: God and the New Physics versus The Rocky Horror Picture ShowScene 1[MIT, 2012. Graduation day. BRAD and JANET]JANET: Oh Brad, wasn't it wonderful! Didn't Betty look radiantly beautiful! Just an hour ago she was plain old Betty Monroe. Now she's Betty Monroe PhD!BRAD: Er yeah. JANET: I wonder if I'll ever complete my doctoral dissertation on the relationship between faith and cosmology? Sometimes it seems impossible.[She wipes a tear from her eye. Music starts up]BR [...]

    2. After finishing reading this book, I had to read it again immediately, not because I love it, which I arguably kind of do, but because I remembered nothing; therefore, I would not be able to give the book a fair review.Despite being written in 1984, "God and the New Physics" by Paul Davies is not out of date as the questions which it posed have not been answered yet. This book tries to relate the concept on God in theology to the new physics consisted of the theories of relativity and quantum me [...]

    3. Quite excited about this book. There's so much stuff in here that I've always wanted to know about, mainly regarding quantum physics and relativity. And Hawking somehow never did it for me. I now know for example that time doesn't really exist or well it does actually, but there's no such thing as "the past" or "the future". Particularly enlightening also is the chapter that describes life as a holistic system that does not make sense when merely studied at particle level. And then there is the [...]

    4. هر پدیده و حادثه ای در دنیای مادی کائنات برای اینکه شناخته شود و به وصف در آید ، باید به چیزی غیر از خود و خارج از خود متکی باشد.وقتی پدیده ای توضیح داده می شود، این توضیح در ارتباط این پدیده با پدیده ی دیگری است و البته، وقتی چنین پدیده ای خود کائنات باشد_جهان مادی فیزیکی _دیگر چ [...]

    5. Davies makes a convincing attempt to bring God into the nature of physics in this book, rather than the religious approach of bringing the nature of physics into God. (Or is it the other way around?)This is a great book that describes the details of our universe as something that wraps around us and in us and as us, rather than something we are observing. A hydrogen atom is the same in a droplet of water as it is and always was across lightyears of the universe and 10 billion years ago, 10 billi [...]

    6. "Dios y la nueva física" es el título de este libro en castellano. Se trata de intentar casar los conceptos de la nueva física (incluidas cuántica, relatividad, cosmología, leyes físicas,) y la lógica con la existencia de Dios. El libro trata de muchas de las discusiones que se tienen entre estudiantes mientras se estudia la carrera de Ciencias Físicas. Para quien las ha tenido, son algo conocido, aunque siempre aporta agunas cosas nuevas. Para quien no las conoce, es todo un descubrimie [...]

    7. This was a really great book for someone who is has ever asked questions like why are we here and how might science be able to explain or pose further questions about religion and its "truth". I really like how Paul Davies breaks things down and tries to answers questions about the universe and physics in regard to God and religion. He never attacks but uses logic and clear arguments to give the reader as a well-rounded an answer as possible. I really enjoyed the parts where he had a skeptic and [...]

    8. Beautiful!!See God as the incredible-shrinking man!!As science grows and matures, religion and gods play smaller roles in people's lives.God and the New Physics shows how the "God in the Gaps" argument can be utilised to prove God's possible existence.The depiction of the recent finding in physics is breathtaking!

    9. This book takes mysticism and gives it a scientific foundation that even the most skeptical can consider and still remain within the confines of pure scientific thought. Paul Davies addresses age old issues of the supernatural and religion and brings them together under one roof; physics. Provocative.

    10. This book is a fascinating look at how Physics is influencing our view of the origins of our existence, and our universe. It doesn't give any definitive answers to the "big questions" though - science isn't quite there, yet

    11. " يبدو كما لو أن الطبيعة تريد أن تقول لنا شيئاً " . الفصول الأخيرة هي الأجمل والأكثر جاذبية ، وعموماً فإن الترجمة غير الجيدة أفسدت الكتاب

    12. Read this a long time ago during university. Great mind opening stuff on the edges of scientific understanding and religion.

    13. This book is a systematic overview of the relation between science and theology. It explains how science is being used to corroborate and improve on classical christian doctrine. If you look at the date, it is obviously dated, but I would still recommend it as an introductory text to the topic at hand. Davies is fairly evenhanded, and offers an accessible source of the prevailing ways that faith is being syncretized with science.

    14. "Religious adherents have learned to their cost how perilous it is to point to a phenomenon and say 'That is evidence of God's work' only to find that scientific advances subsequently provide a perfectly adequate explanation. To invoke God as a blanket explanation of the unexplained is to invite eventual falsification, and to make God the friend of ignorance. If God is to be found, it must surely be through what we discover about the world, not what we fail to discover." (p. 209)

    15. a tratti un po' complesso (o magari sono io che sono particolarmente stanca, non saprei), ma comunque da leggere, se appena si è un po' interessati alla scienza in senso lato.

    16. "If God is to be found, it must surely be through what we discover about the world, not what we fail to discover."

    17. After many days of deep thinking, finally it boils down to only one question, "Does God exist?" The answer to this question is clearly, still unknown. Whoever claims to know the answer, whether theist or atheist, ask him three or four fundamental questions, that would expose their bumbling limitations. Theists will back their irrefutable on 'It's all about faith' and atheists(scientific bent) would take refuge on "We are working on it".Religion, Philosophy and Science - any or all of these route [...]

    18. 20. yüzyılda fizik biliminde iki önemli gelişme oldu: Görelilik ve kuantum bilimi doğdu. Bilim camiası uzayzaman, Büyük Patlama Çoklu Evrenler, akıl ve madde gibi konularda tuhaf ve dudak uçuklatan yepyeni fikirlerin istilasına uğradı. Bu fikirler ancak yeni yeni kamuoyunun gündemine gelmeye başlıyor. Fizikçileri iki kuşak boyunca meşgul edip onlara ilham vermiş olan görüşler, sonunda insan düşüncesinde büyük bir devrim olabileceğini hiç tahmin etmemiş sıradan i [...]

    19. Well this was no walk in the park. It approaches fundamental questions of philosophy, existence and creation in the framework of new physics in quite some technical detail. It is perfectly normal for developments in science to impact on beliefs, in fact some might say that it has shaped modern Western thinking for some time and understandably driven a wedge between science and conventional religion. So there have been few attempts to reconcile these two subjects into a holistic point of view whi [...]

    20. This is one of several books that Davies has written about the impact of science on religious belief and specifically on the existence of God. As he tells us in his Preface, he addresses four questions. Why are the laws of nature what they are? Why does the universe consist of the things it does? How did those things arise? How did the universe achieve its organization?Davies makes the pretty bold claim that science offers a surer path to God than does religion. However, the God that might be su [...]

    21. ligion is founded on revelation and received wisdom. Religious dogma that claims to contain unalterable Truth can hardly be modified to fit changing ideas. The true believer must stand by his faith whatever the evidence against it.However astonishing and inexplicable a particular occurrence may be, we can never be absolutely sure that at some distant time in the future a natural phenomenon will not be discovered to explain it.After demolishing the ontological and teleological arguments for God, [...]

    22. Paul Davies is always a fascinating writer. This book though has been disappointing, because many difficult topics are presented very briefly and cannot be understood without a previous knowledge of them. For example, I had no problem understanding the paradoxes of time distortion, but I didn't really get many explanations about quantum physics. On the other side, most parts of the book treat philosophical/religious topics, which are even too straightforward.I overall enjoyed reading this book. [...]

    23. Ghost in the machine? Intelligence in the design of the universe, without the need for a god who is Creator or worse yet a Dictator.Part of my intro to religious studies class in college, which had me thinking maybe I wanted to pursue comparative religious studies for a while there. Seriously influenced my own long-standing belief in a intelligent life force in the universe that syncs up pretty well with a sort of esoteric Taoist/Buddhist understanding of the nature of reality.

    24. Buku karangan Paul Davies banyak saya tekuni sebelum pra-SPM. Antara yang menarik perhatian saya dalam buku ini adalah cadangan teori Hartle-Hawking berkenaan dengan permulaan alam semesta kini ini. Sedikit sebanyak terkesan dengan idea ini. Lebih menarik jika di baca bersama makalah terbitan Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka bertajuk "Spektrum Falsafah Islam". Lihat Bab 2 bertajuk "Al-Kindi dan Kewujudan Alam".Buku ini saya syorkan jika anda peminat astrofizik & teori-teori kewujudan alam.

    25. Grabbed it from a new library in Timor Leste at the wake of its Pre-Independence, a few tired books in Xanana's office, then not President, as yet. It helped me put into relation all the ravages of conflict and war I saw around me. Was it necessary? What was this folly of man? Did a God really exist? why would He allow this to happen, staring as spectator, punishing, allowing to dieIt answered some questions but opened balck holes as answers

    26. Gran libro de divulgación que hace un repaso extensivo de la relatividad general y la mecánica cuántica. Lo leí al empezar la carrera y me reafirmó en mi decisión de ser físico. Paul Davies escribe muy bien, y sabe explicar conceptos como pocos. En este libro en concreto se enreda también con la religión, apuntando a la existencia de un dios no necesariamente religioso pero sí creador, una especia de panteísmo. Las partes puramente científicas, sin embargo, son muy buenas.

    27. The physics parts were interesting. The God parts were less about God and more about disproving organized religion, which in my opinion, are two very different things. But, I learned a lot, it made me think, and I got some new ideas for the story I was researching, so it deserves a four just for that!

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