The books I remember best are the ones that follow me even after a put it down and walk away. This book falls into that category, not only because of all I learned from reading it but because of the interesting questions that it asks.
Cliff Hays combines his knowledge of the physical universe with philosophical speculation to create a sense of having stepped outside the time for a moment to contemplate the physical world from a thoughtful distance.
I actually jotted down a few notes for points that I wanted to remember and think more about later.
Though I never took a college survey course in physics, I was able to comprehend his remarkably clear explanation of E = mc squared and I came away with a new respect for light as "the only something that is actually two somethings," a wave and a particle at once.
I also enjoyed the philosophical parts, particularly the essay on agnosticism in which he discusses his transition during his teenage years from belief to scientific skepticism. I had a similar experience when I was 15 and could relate. He asks an excellent question: "Would we have existed merely to be at the will at another?"
I am so glad I read this book and I strongly recommend it. Thanks to the author, not only for covering topics that matter but for asking the kinds of questions I am likely to continue asking myself for a long time to come.
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Essays in Science and Philosophy [2004 - 2009] Paperback – 23 March 2013
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- Paperback : 86 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1491236647
- ISBN-13 : 978-1491236642
- Language: : English
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