A Sense of the Mysterious : Science and the Human Spirit
In these brilliant essays, Lightman explores the emotional life of science, the power of imagination, the creative moment, and the alternate ways in which scientists and humanists think about the world. Along the way, he provides in-depth portraits of some of the great geniuses of our time, including Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Edward Teller, and astronomer Vera Rubin. Thoughtful, beautifully written, and wonderfully original, A Sense of the Mysterious confirms Alan Lightman's unique position at the crossroads of science and art.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 132 x 204 x 12mm | 187g
- 03 Jan 2006
- Random House USA Inc
- New York, NY, India
science and art for much of his life. In these brilliant essays, the two worlds meet. In A Sense of the Mysterious, Lightman records his personal struggles to reconcile certainty with uncertainty, logic with intuition, questions with answers and questions without. Lightman explores the emotional life of science, the power of metaphor and imagination in science, the creative moment, the different uses of language in science and literature, and the alternate ways in which scientists and humanists think about the world. Included are in-depth portraits of some of the great scientists of our time: Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Edward Teller, and astronomer Vera Rubin. Rather than finding a forbidding gulf between the two cultures, as did the physicist and novelist C. P. Snow fifty years ago, Lightman discovers complementary ways of looking at the world, both part of being human.
Original, thoughtful, and beautifully written, A Sense of the Mysterious confirms Alan Lightman's unique position at the crossroads of science and art.
"From the Hardcover edition.
Table of contents
Metaphor in Science
Inventions of the Mind
The Contradictory Genius
The One and Only
A Scientist Dying Young
Portrait of the Writer as a Young Scientist
Prisoner of the Wired World
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Original. . . . Heartfelt. . . . Illuminating. . . . Lightman writes with his characteristic, unmannered leanness. His style takes something from the scientists who 'want to hear that call of certain truth, that clear note of a struck bell.'" --St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A fine introduction to the excitement and pleasures of science by a scientist who is a humanist in the noblest sense of the word."--Los Angeles Times
"This slender volume mixes insightful scientific biographies with revealing autobiographical accounts and leavens them both with clearly told physics lessons for lay readers." --The Boston Globe
"Wonderfully perceptive. . . . Finely chiseled essays." --Scientific American
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