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Einstein's God

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Inspiring and stimulating discussions on the interplay between scientific and religious inquiry, featuring some of today's greatest thinkers
Drawn from American Public Media's Peabody Award-winning program "Speaking of Faith," the conversations in this profoundly illuminating book reach for a place too rarely explored in our ongoing exchange of ideas-the nexus of science
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ebook, 272 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Penguin Books
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Richard
Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me get something off my chest, and maybe vent just a little. This book will probably be unjustly categorized as some type of New Age reading. I hate the New Age (or as Gooch said, "I can't afford anything new.") There's been nothing new under the sun for at least 2000 years, that was Christianity, it went the way of all new things - it got old. On top of that, every year or so the newest new age nonsense hits the shelves: Eat Pray Ugh being the latest, hard on the heels of Eckhardt Tolle. Re ...more
asra
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In today’s times, science and religion are presumed to be mutually exclusive: evolutionists vs. creationists, atheists vs. believers. Tippett offers a fresh alternative to this strict dichotomy. Through interviews, she presents respectful, nuanced conversation about the overlap, intertwining, and complementarity of science and religion. An atheist, holding firmly to her beliefs, offers that it is difficult to disprove the existence of God, while a devout Christian views evolution as having a par ...more
Bill
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
Einstein’s God, by Krista Tippett, is a transcription of interviews she had with leading scientists and authors about their experience of the ineffable. They challenge traditional religious language, beginning with a quote from Einstein, in which he defines “religious” in his own terms: “A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty. It is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religio ...more
Randolph Carter
I misjudged this at first blush. Just goes to show you need to go beyond first impressions sometimes.

That said the book is a little deceiving in its concept and execution. Except for one of the chapters, Tippett is not really interested in discussing science and spirituality, she's interested in science and most of all how science has challenged religion in modern thinking. Most of the scientists and artists interviewed were either agnostic or atheist, whether they admitted it in the interview o
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Steve Wiggins
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who has studied religion for his entire career, it often feels like scientists dismiss utterly out of hand anything my profession might offer. This book, which is based on a series of interviews Krista Tippett has had with scientists over the years, is welcome in such a situation. Some of the scientists she meets here are well known, while others are perhaps less so, but they all share one thing: they are open to wider possibilities. Einstein was not a simple man, and his views on God ...more
Jennifer
Impulse buy at Tuesday Books in Williamston. Clearly the intersection between modern physics and religion is on my mind lately. This book is a collection of interviews by Tippett with leading scientists. Not all are physicists, there are also medical doctors, scientists studying revenge, stress, depression. Tippett asks these scientists on the cutting edge of their respective fields how their developing understanding affects their understanding of religion and the universe. So it serves as a sor ...more
Laila
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Degerli bir kitap ama...

Ben konsantre olamadim sanirim. Yazarin radyo yayinlarindaki konusma ve roportajlarin derlemesinden olusan okurlen belli bilimsel konusmalara yada bazi bilim adamlarina dair bilgi birikimi isteyen bir icerigi var.

Dr. Mehmet Oz'un oldugu bolumleri okurken cok keyif aldim. Oldukca ogreticiydi.

Verdigim 3 yildiz kitabin degil benim eksikligimden ozetle. Icerik hakkinda bilgi sahibi oldugumda yeniden okuyacagim diyerek incelememe simdilik bir vurgul kayup gideyim...
Sara
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readin10
A fascinating collection of conversations on science, faith and the meaning of it all. The most enlightening bit for me was the conversation with physicist and Anglican clergyman John Polkinghorne. I know this is one I'll be coming back to again and again because much of it went over my head the first time around!
Stephanie
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scott
Found this interesting..................................

"Einstein liked to imagine Buddhism as the religion of the future, capable of embracing the best of scientific and spiritual approaches to life." --Krista Tippett in Einstein's God
Esmael
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An engaging, fantastic, and insightful read.
Rama
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-reality
An interesting discussion about God, religion and science

The author is an experienced host on public radio, and I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and knowledge she brings in her conversations with well known physicists, biologists, philosophers, psychologists, theologians, and medical experts. It is fascinating to discuss Einstein, God, and religion with Physicists like Freeman Dyson, and Paul Davies, and about Charles Darwin with biologist James Moore. If there is anyone who understood Go
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Kate  Powell
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think of these topics as spiritual / social / political think pieces. I enjoy Tippett's perspective and her interviewing skills. I would only like her better if she was a master on the topics she writes about, which is high praise. For me this was a slow read, and I may not have read them all in the end, as I picked and chose my way around the chapters. I wish more of her On Being writers had her skills.
Robert Hill
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. If you like science, mathematics, theology, or philosophy this book is required reading. The book is a group of interviews of various personalities including physicists, surgeons, immunologists, poets, mathematicians and theologians about the nature of the universe and nature of God. In my opinion, the most interesting person with the most interesting ideas is John Polkinghorne, a physicist, theologian and author of numerous books on science and religion. Among other thing ...more
Tim
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book. An author who is comfortable asking religious oriented questions to a range of scientists, doctors, activists, and philosophers and finding a complex range of musings, belief, confession, and connection.

Tippett has conversations with 13 individuals in the book on such a wide variety of topics - let's leave it as the title states "about Science and the Human Spirit."

I'll just note a few comments from the many pages I dog-eared.

[The book of]"Genesis is in fact a compelling example
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Lee Harmon
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
The battle between science and religion comes to a head in these interviews of cutting-edge scientists and researchers, and the winner is ... oh. The two sides are getting along a little better nowadays, it appears.

Words you'll read often in the book include "spirit" and "soul," as such concepts are explored by our deepest thinkers. Tippett interviews a theoretical physicist, a cosmologist, a clinical professor, an expert on the life of Darwin, a professor of astrophysics, and many more, as she
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Michael Johnston
I liked the concept of the book - discussing the relationship between science and religion at the outer edges of scientific knowledge. The author has organized the book around the assumption that science and theology can effectively co-exist. That they are not concepts that inherantly conflict. When she sticks strictly to that thesis, in particular in her interviews with physicists, the book is wonderful. The world as defined by the elemental considerations of Quantum Mechanics is so different t ...more
David
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book presents a series of interviews and mini-essays with numerous leading thinkers today in the general realm of science, philosophy and religion.

Some of these are at least moderately interesting, such as the exchange between Freemany Dyson and Paul Davies that leads off the volume. But others are not so interesting, and in fact this reviewer wondered in several cases why the chapter had been included at all. In fact, this is the central weakness of the book: if one finds a given author in
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Asra says:

In today’s times, science and religion are presumed to be mutually exclusive. Tippett offers a fresh alternative to the strict dichotomy. Through interviews, she presents respectful, nuanced conversation about the overlap and intertwining of science and religion. An atheist, holding firmly to her beliefs, offers that it is difficult to disprove the existence of God, while a devout Christian views evolution as having a part in the Creation Story. The culmination of interviews reveals my
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Cade
May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is essentially a collection of selected transcripts from her show "Speaking of Faith". For those not familiar, SOF is a radio show on public radio focused on civil and open discussions on faith, morality, and the fit between science and spirituality. It is quite refreshing, as is this book. Although the book is essentially based on transcribed interviews, the interviews are so conversational, that they flow easily and are quite interesting.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for s
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Janet
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Einstein's God is comprised of transcripts of conversations between Speaking of Faith host Krista Tippett and a variety of scientists and religious thinkers looking to find where science and the spirit meet and part and co-exist. We don't find easy answers, just free and respectful discussion on many topics that has caused me to further research some of the information presented.

This is an excellent companion to Speaking of Faith with its attempt to make sense of religion, spirituality, ethics,
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Ed
Apr 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book at a very deep level. The scientists and religious thinkers that Krista Tippett talks to are engaging, open minded and have the most amazingly deep instructive generative insights. I have read this book in parallel with the Terry Eagleton book I have just also reviewed. They are a great complement to each other: Eagleton fiery and combative, but also deeply caring about humanity and human suffering. And he has much in common with the people Tippett talkes to. Indeed in some w ...more
Rachel
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Krista Tippett asks good -- and hard -- questions of both the people she interviews and also her readers (or listeners as they usually are). I loved that this book began from the premise that there is room for both science and religion to coexist and even to thrive together. Tippett introduces "an interplay between scientific and religious questions--not as argued but as lived." I found the interview with Polkinghorne especially thoughtful and illuminating.
Michele
Oct 04, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While the individual experts quoted in the book have interesting and important things to say, the content is obscured by the poor quality format. The author copped about by writing in a question and answer format instead of taking the time and effort to compile and integrate the various inteviewees' perspectives into a thoughtful and cohesive literary work called a BOOK.
Philip Gentile
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful collection of Ms. Tippett's interviews concerning the uneasy dance between science and spirituality. Very insightful discussions that causes one to rethink and reanalyze. Quite a delicious read. As usual Ms. Tippett and her guests provide the listener/reader with a wonderfully rich topic and lively discussion. I highly recommend it.
Lena Riemersma
Heady philosophical discourse arises about the connections of god, faith, healing, stress, poetry, etc with science, when this popular American Public Media author interviews famous scientists in many fields.
Melissa
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful read. The pairing of science and religion, much like science and art, make up our humanity by how they work together, both share a sense of wonder. I enjoyed learning about history, physics, medicine, anatomy, especially paired with art, yoga, prayer, and mediation; all of the interviews were captivating. Overall, the book really emphasizes how we not only need integrated medicine today for our physical wellness but an integrated outlook on these varied global practices mentally and em ...more
Amy
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars for the Einstein section & the last section. The rest was 3 stars & I skipped Dr Oz cause... Dr Oz. But I really enjoyed those two chapters a lot.
yamiyoghurt
An ok read. Not particularly inspiring or memorable.
Julie
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me forever to pick my way through this—but it’s a cool collection of deep, fascinating conversations.
Michelle
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
This book is mostly the dialogue from Tippets interviews with scientists with a little commentary. For those who listen to the show, most pieces of the book are word for word transcripts
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“How we ask our questions affects the answers we arrive at. Light appears as a wave if you ask it “a wavelike question” and it appears as a particle if you ask it “a particle-like question.” This is a template for understanding how contradictory explanations of reality can simultaneously be true.

And it’s not so much true, as our cultural debates presume, that science and religion reach contradictory answers to the same particular questions of human life. Far more often, they simply ask different kinds of questions altogether, probing and illuminating in ways neither could alone.”
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“the end of his life, he was asked what stuck in his mind about his experiences in South America and on the Beagle. And he remembered climbing to the peak of the Andes in Peru or Chile—I can’t remember—and then turning as he reached the peak and looking behind him. And he said, it was like the Hallelujah Chorus in the Messiah, playing with full orchestra, blaring in his head, because he was on top of the world. He was looking down almost like God upon this creation, which he had begun to sort out in his own mind as he’d been climbing, as it were. At the end of his life he was asked, “What’s the most extraordinary experience you had?” And he remembered climbing to the peak of the Andes. And then he slept on it, and the next day he came back to the person and he said, “No, it was the rain forest. It was sitting there and feeling that there must be more to man than the breath in his body.” 2 likes
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