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The Dancing Universe: From Creation Myths to the Big Bang / Edition 1

The Dancing Universe: From Creation Myths to the Big Bang / Edition 1

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Marcelo Gleiser refutes the notion that science and spirituality are irreconcilable. In The Dancing Universe, he traces mystical, philosophical, and scientific ideas about the cosmos through the past twenty-five centuries, from the ancient creation myths of numerous cultures to contemporary theories about an ever-expanding universe. He also explores the lives and ideas of history’s greatest scientists, including Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein. By exploring how scientists have unlocked the secrets of gravity, matter, time, and space, Gleiser offers fresh perspective on the debate between science and faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584654667
Publisher: Dartmouth College Press
Publication date: 03/03/2005
Series: Understanding Science and Technology Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

MARCELO GLEISER is Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College. He is also the author of The Prophet and the Astronomer: A Scientific Journey to the End of Time (2002).

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2005 Edition • Beginnings - Creation Myths - The Greeks • The Awakening - The Sun, the Church, and the New Astronomy - The Pious Heretic - The Triumph of Reason • The Classical Era - The World Is an Intricate Machine • Modern Times - Of Things Fast - Of Things Small • Modeling the Universe - Inventing Universes - Beginnings • Epilogue: Dancing with the Universe • Glossary • Bibliography • Index

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"I have never read a book that gives to a non-expert a clearer picture of science evolving within the culture of religion and mythology that gave it birth."

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