The Prophet and the Astronomer: Apocalyptic Science and the End of the World (Paperback)
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The Prophet and the Astronomer: Apocalyptic Science and the End of the World (Paperback)

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Paperback 370 Pages
Published: 17/08/2004
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"Tracing our contemplation of the cosmos from the big bang to the big crunch" (The New Yorker), Marcelo Gleiser explores the shared quest of ancient prophets and today's astronomers to explain the strange phenomena of our skies—from the apocalypse foretold in Revelations to modern science's ongoing identification of multiple cataclysmic threats, including the impact of comets and asteroids on earthly life, the likelihood of future collisions, the meaning of solar eclipses and the death of stars, the implications of black holes for time travel, and the ultimate fate of the universe and time.

Presenting insights to cosmological science and apocalyptic philosophy in an "easily accessible" (Library Journal) style, Gleiser is "a rare astrophysicist as comfortable quoting Scripture as explaining formulas" (Booklist). K. C. Cole praises his ability to "[work] the entwined threads of science and religion into a vision of 'the end' that is strangely comforting and inspiring."

Publisher: WW Norton & Co
ISBN: 9780393324310
Number of pages: 370
Weight: 471 g
Dimensions: 211 x 140 x 25 mm


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"Gleiser has worked the entwined threads of science and religion into a vision of 'the end' that is strangely comforting and inspiring - that gives us cause to celebrate not only the gift of life but also the finality of death... And as good books do, Gleiser tells you things you think you already knew in a way that introduces them to you for the first time." K.C.Cole, Los Angeles Times "Marcelo Gleiser has a spaciousness of mind large enough to embrace both primordial creation myths and the latest advances in contemporary astronomy and cosmology, and he has brought these together sensitively and seamlessly in this marvellous book." Oliver Sacks "Tracing our contemplation of the cosmos from the big bang to the big crunch" The New Yorker "An eschatological adventure... elegantly written throughout." The Fortean Times

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