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Searching for stars on an island in Maine, Alan Lightman

Label
Searching for stars on an island in Maine
Title
Searching for stars on an island in Maine
Statement of responsibility
Alan Lightman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"From the acclaimed author of Einstein's Dreams, here is an inspired, 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."--Jacket flap
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lightman, Alan P.
Index
no index present
LC call number
QB981
LC item number
.L545 2018
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cosmology
  • Cosmology
Label
Searching for stars on an island in Maine, Alan Lightman
Link
http://firstsearch.oclc.org/WebZ/DECRead?standardNoType=1&standardNo=1101871865&sessionid=0&srcdbname=worldcat&key=0bcffd48e59f76c26daf9f6d7cc1f718533cb1018dac25e0c56987a0d02bee51&ectype=MOREINFO
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-226)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cave -- Longing for absolutes in a relative world -- Material -- Hummingbird -- Stars -- Atoms -- Ants -- Monk -- Truth -- Transcendence -- Laws -- Doctrine -- Motion -- Centeredness -- Death -- Certainty -- Origins -- Ants (2) -- Multiverse -- Humans
Control code
ocn983786115
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 226 pages
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
Link
http://firstsearch.oclc.org/WebZ/DECRead?standardNoType=1&standardNo=1101871865&sessionid=0&srcdbname=worldcat&key=0bcffd48e59f76c26daf9f6d7cc1f718533cb1018dac25e0c56987a0d02bee51&ectype=MOREINFO
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-226)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cave -- Longing for absolutes in a relative world -- Material -- Hummingbird -- Stars -- Atoms -- Ants -- Monk -- Truth -- Transcendence -- Laws -- Doctrine -- Motion -- Centeredness -- Death -- Certainty -- Origins -- Ants (2) -- Multiverse -- Humans
Control code
ocn983786115
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 226 pages
Isbn
9781101871867
Lccn
2017014750
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)983786115

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