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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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An interesting approach to the questions of life, death and God from a scientist's point of view. 1. März 2015
Von Joseph J. Truncale - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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There are those who believe it should not be within the domain of science to discuss things such as birth, death, God and other esoteric subjects. Many feel these questions should be left to priests, minister, monks and witch doctors. This wonderful book (On Being: A scientist’s exploration of the great questions of existence by Peter Atkins) emphasizes through the use of reason, logic and rationality, that science not religion is best equipped to actually find the answers to the complex questions of life, death and existence.

I admit that this 111 page hardcover volume was not an easy read; nevertheless, the author’s dedication to using the scientific method in an attempt to answer some of the deeper mysteries of life is clearly explained. He uses some outrageous examples to get his points across which makes for an interesting approach. This book is organized into five subject areas. They include the beginning, progression, birth. death and ending.

This is the kind of book more scientists should write in order to respond to the mystical claims of religion. The author presents the material with such clarity that it is difficult to reject his conclusions. As a scientific minded person I found this book to be an interesting and informative read.
If you are seeking a book that makes you think about some of the mysteries of life from the scientific point of view this book is for you.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Never Trust a Politician).
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The author has great command of language 3. Januar 2015
Von joseph rain - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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WARNING! A misleading title! The book addresses biological being, material, no relevance to spiritual, purpose etc..
I found this book through Sam Harris recommendations, but hugely disappointing!.
The author has great command of language, although may be difficult to understand for less fluent readers.
Lack of imagination, lack of holistic knowledge, no deeper understanding, just endless biological ramble etc... Example: In search of a purpose the author looks for a goal, rather than examine the path etc...
As a researcher of truth, spirituality and meaning of life I was expecting to learn something new, at least be presented with an inspiring new argument, yet this was not to be.
I like his definition of life, but this book has only reinforced my suspicion, that hard-core scientists have no desire to understand the implications of human consciousness... as I said, a misleading title, no offense meant to the author...
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Faith v. Science 10. Juli 2011
Von Gerald Farber - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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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Good book, but he takes a very defensive tone... 14. Oktober 2011
Von Jeffrey Engle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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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Von Richard B Lenchus - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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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