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God and the Astronomers

Ed by science into mankind's place in the cosmos He explains the chain of events that forced astronomers despite their initial reluctance Irritating said Einstein; Repugnant said the great Really interesting read Robert Jastrow is a self proclaimed agnostic and he gives a history of the discovery of the new cosmology starting with Einstein and Hubble and ending today Evidence is given for the Big Bang the universe exploded into existence in a moment and is not eternal The discovery of the expanding universe is also addressed but the vernacular is not overly scientific I love this topic because it always leaves the people studying it wondering how things got to be how they are on a cosmic scale He ends the book with this uote For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason the story ends in a bad dream He has scaled the mountains of ignorance he is about to conuer the highest peak as he pulls himself over the final rock he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries

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In God and the Astronomers Dr Robert Jastrow world renowned astrophysicist describes the astronomical discoveries of recent years and the theological implications of the new insights afford If every effect in science has a cause what caused the birth of the universe Have scientists with ultimate irony brought themselves face to face with the possibility of GodI uote Dr Jastrow s astonishingly candid closing statement in the last paragraph of this book as the best summation of this book s premiseFor the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason the story ends like a bad dream He has scaled the mountains of ignorance he is about to conuer the highest peak As he pulls himself over the final rock he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries

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British astronomer Eddington; I would like to reject it said MIT physicist Philip Morrison to accept the validity of the Big Bang and the fact that the universe began in a moment of creatio This is a short relatively easy read Jastrow manages to cover some complex and important topics evidence for the expanding universe Hubbles law the birth of stars and the source of heavy elements in an understandable way This is a worthwhile read for those central a ha moments


10 thoughts on “God and the Astronomers

  1. says:

    This book is enthusiastically uoted in Collins's The Language of God and when I saw a copy going yesterday for only 5 Swiss francs I couldn't resist the chance to learn It's an odd piece of work and its author seems to have been an odd person According to Wikipedia he had an extremely distinguished career at NASA among other things serving as the first chairman of the Lunar Exploration Committee and leading the Theoretical Divi

  2. says:

    If every effect in science has a cause what caused the birth of the universe Have scientists with ultimate irony brought themselves face to face with the possibility of GodI uote Dr Jastrow's astonishingly candid closing statement in the last paragraph of this book as the best summation of this book's premiseFor

  3. says:

    I'd read Gamow in elementary school and Jastrow's Red Giants and White Dwarfs in high school supplementing such occasional forays into scientific cosmology with issues of Scientific American but really didn't keep up with developments much Graduating from seminary however gave me the time and an interest in reacuainting myself with Jastrow via this book about the philosophical even theological problems posed by contemporary astrophysics a

  4. says:

    A fascinating book that has aged b

  5. says:

    God and the AstronomersAstronomers Hubble Humanson discovered galaxies moving away from the earth Thus the unive

  6. says:

    Really interesting read Robert Jastrow is a self proclaimed agnostic and he gives a history of the discovery of the new cosmology starting with Einstein and Hubble and ending today Evidence is given for the Big Bang the universe exploded into

  7. says:

    In spite of a sometimes uneven writing style a great account of the development of the Big Bang theory and the inh

  8. says:

    This is a short relatively easy read Jastrow manages to cover some complex and important topics evidence for the expanding universe Hubbles law the birth of stars and the source of heavy elements in an understandable way This is a worthwhile read for those central a ha moments

  9. says:

    A very easy readmostly biographical and historical from the early 1900s to the 1978 copyright date I read it in one sitting and enjoyed the afternoon spent with it

  10. says:

    Easy to read through if you're like me and science goes over your head Overall it was interesting and a good summary of how a beginning was found and the expanding universe theory I see a lot of comments about how this book is pointlessfor only the creationistbut as a creationist I have to tell you I find it kinda funny when the anti religious people say Jastrow didn't need to tie in Godwell of course he didn

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