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The Resource Searching for stars on an island in Maine, Alan Lightman

Searching for stars on an island in Maine, Alan Lightman

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Searching for stars on an island in Maine
Title
Searching for stars on an island in Maine
Statement of responsibility
Alan Lightman
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Language
eng
Summary
"From the acclaimed author of Einstein's Dreams, here is an inspires, lyrical meditation on religion and science that explores the tension between our yearning for permanence and certainty, and the modern scientific discoveries that demonstrate the impermanent and uncertain nature of the world. As a physicist, Alan Lightman has always held a scientific view of the world. As a teenager experimenting in his own laboratory, he was impressed by the logic and materiality of a universe governed by a small number of disembodied forces and laws that decree all things in the world are material and impermanent. But one summer evening, while looking at the stars from a small boat at sea, Lightman was overcome by the overwhelming sensation that he was merging with something larger than himself--a grand and eternal unity, a hint of something absolute and immaterial. Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine is Lightman's exploration of these seemingly contradictory impulses. He draws on sources ranging from Saint Augustine's conception of absolute truth to Einstein's theory of relativity, from the unity of the once-indivisible atom to the multiplicity of subatomic particles and the recent notion of multiple universes. What he gives us is a profound inquiry into the human desire for truth and meaning, and a journey along the different paths of religion and science that become part of that quest" --
Summary
The acclaimed author of Einstein's Dreams presents a lyrical meditation on religion and science as they relate to the human yearning for permanence and certainty in spite of discoveries that prove the world's impermanent and uncertain nature
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10622618
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DLC
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1948-
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Lightman, Alan P.
Dewey number
523.1
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Cosmology
  • Cosmology
Target audience
adult
Label
Searching for stars on an island in Maine, Alan Lightman
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Publication
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn983786115
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9781101871867
Lccn
2017014750
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)983786115
Label
Searching for stars on an island in Maine, Alan Lightman
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn983786115
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9781101871867
Lccn
2017014750
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)983786115

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