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On Being: A Scientist's Exploration of the Great Questions of Existence (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. September 2012

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"A paean to science."
--Times Literary Supplement

"An effortless read--a real page turner."
--BBC Focus

"Few can match the chiseled beauty of Peter Atkins's prose as he reflects on the nature of life and death, of beginnings and endings."
--Richard Dawkins

"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."
--Paul Davies

"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. It presents a vision of life and death, of matter and space and time that is honest and consistent and miracle-free."
--Philip Pullman

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Peter Atkins is Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford. A leading chemist and writer of widely adopted textbooks, he is the author of Galileo's Finger and Four Laws, among other works.

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Peter William Atkins (born 1940) is an English chemist and former Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Lincoln College. He has written many popular chemistry textbooks, as well as books such as The Creation, Creation Revisited, Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science, etc.

He wrote in the Prologue to this 2011 book, “In this book… I consider merely the great questions of being, questions that for millennia have been the inspiration of myth, and explore what science can say to illuminate them and dispel their mystery without diminishing their grandeur or reducing our wonder. I consider matters such as beginnings of universes and selves, and the ends of both… I focus instead on the ability of the scientific method to illuminate matters of great human concern and drive out ignorance while retaining wonder.”

He asserts, “I stand by my claim that the scientific method is the only means of discovering the nature of reality, and although its current views are open to revision, the approach, making observations and comparing notes, will forever survive as the only way of acquiring reliable knowledge.” (Pg. xiii) He goes on, “The following pages are all about shedding myths, acquiring understanding, yet retaining, even enhancing, wonder. I am aware that there are many who consider ‘spiritual’ and ‘material’ to be as oil and water. I hope, however, that you will come away acknowledging that it is possible to take a near-spiritual you from a solely material perception of the world. I hope that you will also take pride in the majesty of the human ability, working collectively in space and time, to emerge from the chrysalis of myth and travel towards true comprehension.” (Pg. xiv)

He points out, “although science is currently seemingly stumped by the details of cosmogenesis, it is important to distinguish ‘seemingly stumped’ from the actual progress of cautious advance… Very rarely do scientists leap to a revolutionary explanation… As a result of their intrinsic caution, almost every scientist is wisely unwilling to express a view about the events accompanying the inception of the universe. Quite honesty, they haven’t a clue. Their current task is to edge carefully backwards into time… and expecting, perhaps, to arrive at the year dot at an unknown time in the future…” (Pg. 4-5)

He suggests, “our Big Bang is just a local triviality, not a truly cosmic beginning. In fact, that enlargement of our vision and diminution of our significance is possible a colossal underestimate of the problem of identifying the beginning. Time might lost its significance of a grandiose cosmic scale and the concept of a ‘beginning’ be meaningless. It might be the case that any universe can bud into an infinite number of universes, that the current number of universes is already infinite, but increasing, and possibly increasing rapidly at an infinitely accelerating rate, and has been accelerating infinitely rapidly for eternity, so that our Big Bang is an infinitesimal event on a grandly hypercosmic stage.” (Pg. 7)

He contends, “It might turn out to be the case that the budding of an existing universe into daughters is much easier to explain than the origin of an initial universe… for at least when a universe exists there are physical laws that govern its behavior: if we could identify those laws within our universe, then we might find that they entailed its budding into daughters. But even if that can be achieved, there is still the troublesome prospect of identifying the begetting of the Ur-universe. Is God perhaps the begetter of the Ur-universe with His handiwork now irretrievably buried in the myriad descendants that have sprouted since? Without the unreliable assurance of faith, no one knows.” (Pg. 8)

He notes, ”I certainly do not want to give the impression that any scientist thinks that the scenario I have sketched is even remotely supported by any evidence or even theory. I have to stress that all I have sought to show is that it is possible to think constructively about even the most apparently overwhelming problems and thereby undermine the view that our inception must have been an act of God… I don’t want to concede defeat to the religious and surrender my optimism to faith… The task before science in this connection will be to show how something can come from nothing without intervention. No one has the slightest idea whether that can happen and, if so, how it can come about.” (Pg. 11)

He says of Creationists and advocates of Intelligent Design, “who envision God as cosmic manufacturer of every individual type of organism, poring… over the perfection of a smallpox virus, rendering it exquisitely virulent, designing an eye ten times over, and seemingly cutting corners when it same to his principal creation and allowing defects in design that, even if you and your mother survive the rigours of birth, result in cancer, Hodgkinson’s lymphoma, cerebral palsy, and heart disease.” (Pg. 24) He adds, “Creationism is fundamentally dishonest, for… it distorts the evidence to suit its prejudices… Creationism is a return to the time before science emerged as a mode of understanding the world… Creationism is deception at every level… science is the gradual peeling back of veneers that conceal an inner truth.” (Pg. 27)

But he admits about scientific theories of the origin of life, “This is all entirely speculative. It shows, however, that scientists have not run out of ideas about how the prebiotic gap might be bridged. There is difficulty in finding the actual explanation, because we are uncertain about where it actually took place… We are also uncertain about the precise identity of the prebiotic molecules that were first formed and then formed alliances.” (Pg. 42)

He asserts, “There is not one jot of evidence… that gives the merest hint that divine involvement has ever taken place. In fact, the opposite would seem to be true. Natural selection is a nasty, brutish thing, with organism set against organism. Fangs, beaks, claws are the order of the day, not brotherly love… If you are religious, you should at least pause before you venerate a God that devised, or just allowed, such a gore-steeped way of ensuring progress and the emergence of the Image of Himself.” (Pg. 43-44)

He concludes, “My own faith, my scientific faith, is that there is nothing that the scientific method cannot illuminate and elucidate. Its revelations and insights add immeasurably to the pleasure of being alive. My faith respects the powerful ability of the collective human intelligence, which initially groped for understanding through myth but now gives us the capacity to comprehend and, optimistically, and given time and given cooperation between brains, will do so without limit… Unlike myth-making… that illumination is the sound and firm foundation for the joy of true comprehension.” (Pg. 104-105)

Atkins’ scientific atheism is among the most “lyrical” around; it will appeal to many readers who, like him, see no reason to believe in any “outside intervention” in the universe.
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HASH(0x8af3fc78) von 5 Sternen 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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HASH(0x8af3fb58) 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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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
HASH(0x8af43b70) von 5 Sternen ... and his new book "On Being" made for a good read. Atkins is capable of presenting the philosophy ... 5. Mai 2015
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Peter Atkins is a very well known scientist and thinker and his new book "On Being" made for a good read. Atkins is capable of presenting the philosophy of living chemicals that we call people and animals and goes into depth with his explanations of the chemistry of life without the magic
of ghostly wizards waiting to ponce on the newly dead. Holy religions are a disappearing form of philosophy as we enlarge our understanding of the vast universe that is around us.
K. R. Mercer
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