The Accidental Universe

The Accidental Universe

The World You Thought You Knew

eBook - 2013
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"Alan Lightman brings a light touch to heavy questions. Here is a book about nesting ospreys, multiple universes, atheism, spiritualism, and the arrow of time. Throughout, Lightman takes us back and forth between ordinary occurrences--old shoes and entropy, sailing far out at sea and the infinite expanse of space.

"In this slight volume, Lightman looks toward the universe and captures aspects of it in a series of beautifully written essays, each offering a glimpse at the whole from a different perspective: here time, there symmetry, not least God. It is a meditation by a remarkable humanist-physicist, a book worth reading by anyone entranced by big ideas grounded in the physical world."
--Peter L. Galison, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor, Harvard University

Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, 2013.
ISBN: 9780307908599
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


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Feb 11, 2018

These are interesting and thoughtful essays that are kindly and humane. Different aspects of cosmology and physics are discussed and human attitudes to the universe explored.

ohfernlish Dec 07, 2014

Recommended by Maria Popova on Brainpickings


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