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On Being [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Peter Atkins

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27. September 2012
In this scientific 'Credo', Peter Atkins considers the universal questions of origins, endings, birth, and death to which religions have claimed answers. With his usual economy, wit, and elegance, unswerving before awkward realities, Atkins presents what science has to say. While acknowledging the comfort some find in belief, he declares his own faith in science's capacity to reveal the deepest truths.

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Review from previous edition Few can match the chiselled beauty of Peter Atkins's prose as he reflects on the nature of life and death, of beginnings and endings, urging us to put away comforting myths, and face into the keen wind of understanding which only science can bring. Richard Dawkins On Being is a delight to read. Who else can cover the grand sweep of existence with such clarity and wit as Peter Atkins? The text sparkles with lively metaphors and arresting insights. Even death comes alive in the hands of this master expositor! Paul Davies On Being is crisp with good sense, clear with scientific knowledge effortlessly imparted, and delicious with the sort of wit that makes you stop and put the book down just to enjoy it the more fully: the heaven of believers as 'a kind of celestial Poundbury', for example. It presents a vision of life and death, of matter and space and time, that is honest and consistent and miracle-free, except for the living and totally material miracle that is science and the scientific method. There's a level, unpretending, translucent nobility in this vision, and I admire it enormously. Philip Pullman a paean to science Times Literary Supplement genuine enjoyment Times Higher Education Supplement Peter Atkins answers...succinctly and elegantly. Nature An effortless read - a real page turner. BBC Focus

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Peter Atkins is Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford. He is the author of almost 60 books, which include the world-renowned textbook Physical Chemistry (published in its ninth edition in November 2009). His other textbooks include Inorganic Chemistry: Chemical Principles and Molecular Quantum Mechanics. He has also written a number of books for a general readership, including Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science, The Periodic Kingdom, Molecules, and The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction. He has been a visiting professor in France, Israel, New Zealand, and China, and continues to lecture widely throughout the world.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Faith v. Science 10. Juli 2011
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This is a very short and very dense book that uses science as an antidote to faith based assertions regarding creation, god, life after death, the rapture, the universe etc.
Atkins is an eloquent writer with a wry sense of humor but his scientific rebuttal of these myths is too technical. To his credit he urges the reader to skip some parts making a short book even shorter. He justifies his style as being a necessary counter to various versions of myths but in the exposition of this style he becomes tedious and boring.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen WOW 18. Oktober 2013
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Keep an open mind and read it twice before judging, There are many unanswered questions and that is the beauty of science, The book is REAL and difficult in many ways such as the chapter on death, but the author tries to break things down simply which is difficult to the layman's mind
Do not judge a book by its cover or the author who is breaking down accepted myths and giving you a new path to follow
He is not pushing his views on you but sharing different concepts for your consideration
I applaud him
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4.0 von 5 Sternen thinking 26. Juli 2014
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This is truly a testimonial to thinking in away that requires courage. One can. Only conclude that we are the masters of our own fate. It doesn't matter how the parade is doing,---only how we'll you're playing your notes.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Pithy and erudite 24. Juni 2011
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Brilliant, beautifully brief, and written with a wonderful turn of phrase. This book is spot on as far as I am concerned. Best read with an open and skeptical mindset as it may challenge your pre-existing prejudices. I just read a borrowed copy, now I'm going to buy it so that I can have the pleasure of reading it again in a few months time.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good book, but he takes a very defensive tone... 14. Oktober 2011
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I bought Atkin's book hoping to get a scientists view on fundamental questions regarding life and the universe. He did deliver on this, but it felt as if he were trying to defend himself against popular religious beliefs nearly the entire book. I was very conflicted over his this; his content was good, but the tone left something to be desired.

Being a chemist like Atkins I like a direct approach to addressing questions, but he dismisses myth and religious tradition as being naive. That would be like saying Aesop's Fables are naive. These myths, religions, and philosophies are meant to teach an uneducated mass (especially if you look at them through a historical context). The lessons in these stories are not proof of anything, but rather emblematic of underlying philosophies. When they were written there was very little understanding of the physical sciences. I do agree that people have taken these stories too literally, but there is also risk in dismissing them altogether.

Ultimately it comes down to the popular belief that science and philosophy conflict with one another (religion in my mind being philosophy). Science is meant to deal only with that which can be measured. On the other hand philosophy is meant to address wisdom. People get too caught up in the minutia and fail to see that these are two distinctly separate areas. Enough of my ranting though...

I did like his scientific approach to fundamental human questions. To be honest I could only really digest one chapter at a time, but the rest of the day I was left with that chapter stuck in my head. He presents these problems with as little fluff as possible and uses sound scientific reasoning. I just didn't care for his defensive tone.
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