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The Resource Searching for stars on an island in Maine, Alan Lightman

Searching for stars on an island in Maine, Alan Lightman

Label
Searching for stars on an island in Maine
Title
Searching for stars on an island in Maine
Statement of responsibility
Alan Lightman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"From the acclaimed author of Einstein's Dreams, here is an inspired, lyrical meditation on religion and science that explores the tension between our yearning for permanence and certainty, and the modern scientific discoveries that demonstrate the impermanent and uncertain nature of the world. As a physicist, Alan Lightman has always held a scientific view of the world. As a teenager experimenting in his own laboratory, he was impressed by the logic and materiality of a universe governed by a small number of disembodied forces and laws that decree all things in the world are material and impermanent. But one summer evening, while looking at the stars from a small boat at sea, Lightman was overcome by the overwhelming sensation that he was merging with something larger than himself--a grand and eternal unity, a hint of something absolute and immaterial. Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine is Lightman's exploration of these seemingly contradictory impulses. He draws on sources ranging from Saint Augustine's conception of absolute truth to Einstein's theory of relativity, from the unity of the once-indivisible atom to the multiplicity of subatomic particles and the recent notion of multiple universes. What he gives us is a profound inquiry into the human desire for truth and meaning, and a journey along the different paths of religion and science that become part of that quest."--Jacket flap
Summary
The acclaimed author of Einstein's Dreams presents a lyrical meditation on religion and science as they relate to the human yearning for permanence and certainty in spite of discoveries that prove the world's impermanent and uncertain nature
Tone
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10622618
Cataloging source
TEFOD
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lightman, Alan P.
Dewey number
523.1
Index
no index present
LC call number
QB981
LC item number
.L545 2018eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cosmology
  • Cosmology
  • PHILOSOPHY / Metaphysics
Target audience
adult
Label
Searching for stars on an island in Maine, Alan Lightman
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-226)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Cave -- Longing for absolutes in a relative world -- Material -- Hummingbird -- Stars -- Atoms -- Ants -- Monk -- Truth -- Transcendence -- Laws -- Doctrine -- Motion -- Centeredness -- Death -- Certainty -- Origins -- Ants (2) -- Multiverse -- Humans
Control code
on1029761011
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 226 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781101871874
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
57280836-4761-44FA-BD3D-2F8C7666415B
Label
Searching for stars on an island in Maine, Alan Lightman
Link
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-226)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Cave -- Longing for absolutes in a relative world -- Material -- Hummingbird -- Stars -- Atoms -- Ants -- Monk -- Truth -- Transcendence -- Laws -- Doctrine -- Motion -- Centeredness -- Death -- Certainty -- Origins -- Ants (2) -- Multiverse -- Humans
Control code
on1029761011
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 226 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781101871874
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
57280836-4761-44FA-BD3D-2F8C7666415B

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