Great little book. Lays out the history of the conflict between science and religion in a succint, yet clear manner. There are some chapters in the mi...moreGreat little book. Lays out the history of the conflict between science and religion in a succint, yet clear manner. There are some chapters in the middle of the book that delve into particle physics and quantum mechanics that are very dense and require several readings to absorb completely, though. Being a particle physicist himself, Stenger dominates these subjects but doesn't quite have the ability of Carl Sagan and Richard Dawkins to explain complex concepts in an easy to grasp manner to non-experts. Still, a great and enjoyable read for anyone wanting to read an introductory and comparative work of scientific and religious epistemologies. Highly recommended.(less)
Great book. A concise overview of the progress made in the past century, from Hubble and Lemaitre, passing through Einstein and concluding with modern...moreGreat book. A concise overview of the progress made in the past century, from Hubble and Lemaitre, passing through Einstein and concluding with modern cosmology. All the way from the belief that the Milky Way was all there was in a static Universe, to the expanding Universe we now know we are living in, to talk of the multiverse. All leading into the overwhelming and awe-inspiring conclusion that all of this knowledge - in combination with the best of our knowledge from quantum physics - consistently points towards our Universe very plausibly popping into existence out of nothing - sans deities. Some of the physics might take some patient reading to grasp, but the overall point - we know enough to dispense with the necessity of a supernatural god to create the Universe, the laws of physics are sufficient, is very clearly and elegantly presented.
Curiously, Krauss has publicly stated to not have much love for philosophy, and it is precisely the parts where he combines scientific facts with philosophical reflection that shine the most.(less)