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God and the Astronomers

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In God and the Astronomers, Dr. Robert Jastrow, world-renowned astrophysicist, describes the astronomical discoveries of recent years and the theological implications of the new insights afforded by science into mankind's place in the cosmos. He explains the chain of events that forced astronomers, despite their initial reluctance ("Irritating," said Einstein; "Repugnant," ...more
Paperback, 2nd, 160 pages
Published July 28th 2000 by W.W. Norton & Company (NY) (first published 1978)
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Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Creationists
Recommended to Manny by: Francis S. Collins
This book is enthusiastically quoted in Collins's The Language of God , and when I saw a copy going yesterday for only 5 Swiss francs I couldn't resist the chance to learn more. It's an odd piece of work, and its author seems to have been an odd person. According to Wikipedia, he had an extremely distinguished career at NASA, among other things serving as the first chairman of the Lunar Exploration Committee and leading the Theoretical Division for several years. But he was also a co-founder of ...more
Erik Graff
Sep 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cosmology fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sciences
I'd read Gamow in elementary school and Jastrow's Red Giants and White Dwarfs in high school, supplementing such occasional forays into scientific cosmology with issues of Scientific American, but really didn't keep up with developments much. Graduating from seminary, however, gave me the time and an interest in reacquainting myself with Jastrow via this book about the philosophical, even theological, problems posed by contemporary astrophysics and cosmology.

Frankly, I found it perplexing that J
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-summer
Easy to read through if you're like me and science goes over your head.
Overall it was interesting and a good summary of how a "beginning" was found and the expanding universe theory.

I see a lot of comments about how this book is pointless...for only the creationist...but as a creationist I have to tell you I find it kinda funny when the anti-religious people say Jastrow didn't need to tie in God...well of course he didn't need to. (He also points out how science is very much so like a religion
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book is terrible. Its just public relations for physics. Don't waste your time. I wish I could remember where I read that this was important. Yuchh.
Tom Meyer
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating book that has aged both extremely well and extremely poorly.

As a short history of 20th century astronomy, it holds up remarkably well, even after 30 years. Starting with the realization that there are galaxies other than our own at the turn of the century, the book follows the series of discoveries that led to the theory -- and later confirmation of -- the Big Bang, and does so in a very conversational, easy-to-follow way. Jastrow also goes out of his way to humanize the subject by
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
God and the Astronomers
Astronomers (Hubble, Humanson) discovered galaxies moving away from the earth. Thus, the universe is expanding. Red light shifts were used to measure how fast the galaxy was moving away from earth. This indicates a start to the universe. Repudiates the ‘Steady State’ theory of the Universe. Hubble’s law: objects further away moving faster and further than closer objects, like drawing two spots on a balloon. Blow the balloon up with air, as the spots move away from each oth
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a great summary of the origins of the Big Bang Theory. The author, a prominent astronomer as well as an agnostic, gives a brief summary of the key scientists and their contributions. Interestingly, he talks about how many in the scientific community pushed back against the idea of a big bang because it suggested a beginning - a little too close to what religions have been teaching for millennia.

"Theologians generally are delighted with the proof that the Universe had a beginning, but a
Joshua Johnson
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thinking
Written by the agnostic Dr. Robert Jastrow, a prominent astronomer, cosmologist, and physicist, this work is notable for its introductions to some of the key players in the evolution of scientific thought on the current models of the known universe. Jastrow's work is notable for his bemused notation of the fact that many "objective" and "rationalist" scientists are in fact rooting for certain outcomes and ideas, and are not the impartial seekers of truth they are often portrayed as in media and ...more
Oct 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very hard to read, but very interesting. I believe in the Big Band Theory now, but don't think it should be taught without recognizing God's place in it. My favorite part of the whole book is ~

"The scientist has scale the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock,, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries."
Carol Mann Agency
Dr. Jastrow places the facts before us so lucidly that the Cosmos becomes a living thing. -- John Barkham Reviews

Jastrow's scientific credentials are impeccable. And he knows how to write for the layman. -- The New York Times

Lucid, delightful, instructive. -- The Wall Street Journal

Robert Jastrow ranks among the top writers on astronomy. -- Publishers Weekly
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“For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance, he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.” 52 likes
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