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La Creacion

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In this investigation into the nature of the cosmos, P.W. Atkins explores the fundamental questions of modern science: the existence of the universe, time, chance, life and consciousness. Once we understand the building blocks of nature, such as quarks, electrons and the forces that hold them all together, it becomes possible to reconstruct, in principle, the process which ...more
Paperback, 1, 169 pages
Published 1983 by Labor (first published October 1981)
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Chris
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With my bio-heavy background, I have a good grasp on the theory of the origin of species. Evolution and natural selection make wonderful sense and are able to occur without supernatural guidance. It's not too demanding on my logic to speculate on an origin of life... all you really need are some replicating organic building blocks (and competition to really get things going). While I am not trained in the science studying the origin of the planet Earth, solar system, and the galaxy, I can grasp ...more
Shane
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Incredibly fascinating, noticeably 'heavy', hugely inspiring. Have to add, I am curious about many positions from the bibliography so I will definitely come back to exploration of space, time and universe very soon. ...more
Jennifer Abdo
Not sure why the app is only allowing one star. I'll give it five when it lets me.

In its brevity, it doesn't lose or gloss over anything, but rather science ends up rendered in a sort of poetic way. It did kind of explain how the universe and consciousness could've happened without a creator in a way i hadn't heard all in one place.

"...all credit in science goes properly only to those who claw out every step forward by appealing to publicly assessed experiment and deeply argued mathematics. All
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David
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My version--a gift from a physicist--is simply entitled, "The Creation," which is a bit more catchy than the really peculiar title the ISBN search surfaced. Heck, even the name of the author is different, to the point where I wonder if this is even the book I read. But the ISBN is the same, the date of publication the same, the publishing house the same. Most peculiar.

My book--by PW Atkins-- was a bit of early 80s hard science speculation about the creation of a non-theistic universe. Atkins po
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Snail
It was written quite well, in a way that the average person without a background in the various sciences can easily understand the concept of.
I do feel sad after finishing this book, because the person I inherited this book from is no longer here, and I wish that I could see them again and discuss this book with them. But that's life.
In the meantime: Anti-elephants.
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Lenka
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Velmi stručně shrnutý vznik vesmíru a čím dál komplexnějších struktur, doporučuji všem, co chtějí rychle nabýt povědomí o těchhle věcech :-)
Róbert Bukovinszki
A lot of important ideas in this masterpiece!
Ma Wi
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 actually
well written book easy to read ...
I loved several parts from the book while I disagreed n other one's
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Mkovarik
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Really thought-provoking in the way that only books you don't totally understand or agree with can be. ...more
Vanni Pulé
I have to admit defeat with this book. I have finished it but I am quite convinced it was beyond me. This should not reflect badly on Atkins's writing; more on my limited scientific knowledge. I am sure this is a great book for readers with an advanced and strong scientific background, but it tends to be quite opaque for laypeople like me. Its style is eloquent and mellifluent, yet, besides its dependence on scientific knowledge, it tends to be consistently too abstract. I'm sure that many reade ...more
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Peter Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford and the author of about 70 books for students and a general audience. His texts are market leaders around the globe. A frequent lecturer in the United States and throughout the world, he has held visiting professor­ships in France, Israel, Japan, China, and New Zealand. He was the founding chairman of the Committee on Chemistry Educ ...more

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