The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us
In this book, step-by-step, Victor Stenger ...more
Alas, that is not me.
As an undergraduate, I attended Washington University in St. Louis, a pretty good, private institution whose graduation requirements (at least in 1985) included taking classes in a variety of disciplines, including math ...more
The writer is not always good at e ...more
Oh, and another thing: many parts became very mathematics and phys ...more
"The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning" is the latest science-driven book by the great author and physicist Victor J. Stenger. In this book, Dr. Stenger tackles the controversial topic of fine-tuning in a thorough and compelling manner. This methodical 345-page book is composed of the following sixteen chapters: 1. Science and God, 2. The Anthropic Principles, 3. The Four Dimensions, 4. Point-of-View Invariance, 5. Cos ...more
This book would have been a masterpiece if the author ever asked himself a basic question: who is the target audience of this book?
You can answer this question from two angles: scientific or non-sc ...more
As an example, Steven Weinberg showed (in 1987) that the cosmological constant can’t be too large, for otherwise the cosmic expansion would have outpaced the gravitational aggregation of matter into stars and galaxies; i.e. there would be no galaxies, stars nor planets and presumably no humans not to obser ...more
I began my reading experience trying to follow the math. I quickly realized that the math is well beyond my education level, and began to skip the mathematical portions, which a ...more
A solid contribution to the scientific debunking of the fine-tuning claims of many religious apologists. The book is very well researched and extremely thorough in going through the majority of the fine-tuning claims. However, this book may provide some difficulty for the average layman as it does require quite a bit of advanced mathematics to achieve the objective. This is not a bad thing, it may simply require some effort to work through it.
Overall, I highly recommend this book and it is well...more
By the way it was a relieve to read all these comments about the difficulty of the math and equations in the book, for I began to believe that I'm retarded not to understand them well.
In this book, Stenger takes each argument set forth by Christian apologists for the fine tuning of the Universe and handily knocks them down or shows that they are not needed to give the Universe that we observe. His refutation of these arguments is somewhat technical so that the mathematically shy reader may have difficulty following them. However, if one accepts that he gets the math right, his conclusions are easy enough to follow.
As of June 2010, he has published nine books for general audiences on physics, quantum mechanics, cosmology, philosophy, religion, atheism, and pseudoscience, the latest of which include The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason, which was rele ...more