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This book is an essential read for anyone who wishes to reflect on their place in the cosmos and what meaning may be attached to the cosmos. And while the book outlines how science debunks the age old mistaken ideas (myths) about God and how God may /may not operate in the world, it does not allow atheism to be smug about atheistic beliefs. With a notion of a cosmic mind as part of the universe, Davies leaves a door open in which to explore belief in a God in a way that could be reconciled with current scientific understanding. Highly recommended reading.
God?? New Physics??? I thought. The title sold me on the book. What you get between the covers is a tour de force through modern physics (well, "modern" when the book was written in 1983 - perhaps an update for its 30th anniversary next year?) Professor Davies poses deep philosophical questions and seeks directions and even answers in the mind-bending (and -stretching and even -blowing) and often completely unintuitive concepts that have set classical physics on its ear since the appearance in the early 20th century of relativity and quantum physics. Indeed, it occasionally appears that Heisenberg's famous uncertainty principle is applicable to everything, not just the world of the very small. Prof. Davies does not actually find God in physics, but shows that, if he does indeed exist, he's a pretty clever physicist. However, here the destination is irrelevant, it's the journey that is fun, and Prof. Davies makes it fun and interesting. Intelligent lay(wo)men whose physics ended in high school should not be discouraged in undertaking the journey - it merely means that such folk will run into puzzlement slightly before the physicists themselves, because Prof. Davies poses questions ultimately without answers. And everyone exits at the end of the journey with a new sense of wonder at the universe in which we live, which is both so accessible and so inaccessible at the same time.
When your 5-stars say that I love it, I'll modify that to "well-satisfied". At an incredibly late age I'm doing a bit of studying and stumbled across New Physics. This book seems well-written in a style that is easy to follow and should be ideal for an ancient thickie like me. I have only read two chapters so far, however.
Paul Davis handles a very difficult subject very well indeed.He is honest in his approach & personal views which is refreshing.It makes a change to read a well informed book as this without the biggotry of both atheist and theists The impact of STRING/M-Theories was not discussed at all which very surprising to say the least. Dr.J FARAJ