The Human Touch: Our Part in the Creation of a Universe
The Human Touch starts of as a great book, examining science and epistemology, then gets bogged down with language, where every stone is turned, even if totally unnecessarily. The subject matter and the main question of the book (how to reconcile the objectivity of science and physics with the subjective meaning and na ...more
In less-skilled hands, Michael Frayn's observations might strike the reader as self-indulgent and esoteric, or worse, inaccessible. After all, Frayn spans the range of human experience in this hefty tome__from the origin of consciousness to the infinity of the universe__in an attempt to describe "the great mutual balancing act." Overall, Frayn has a remarkable grasp of science, mathematics, philosophy, linguistics, and related disciplines, and he possesses an intuitive ability to connect with an...more
Delighted to have a copy that my wife asked Mr Frayn to autograph for me for a birthday present. The next time she goes to see him on stage, I will go with ...more
This book took me nearly the entire summer to finish. Fascinating but very dense for me. I think I'm going to read it again, maybe as an audiobook. I don't think I really understood more than a quarter of what Frayn was discussing. Oddly, I went straight from this to Frayn's novel "Skios" that touches on some of the ideas in a brilliant manner.