In this exciting new book, leading scientific thinkers address twenty of the really big questions that people have been asking for hundreds of years. Their answers are each put into context by commentaries discussing the differing views of other leading contemporary scientists and looking at how people have tackled the question in the past. The result is a breathtaking tour of scientific thought through the ages and a peek at some of the most cutting-edge and controversial research today. Packed with fascinating insights, it shows how science is investigating problems that affect us all on a large scale and suggests that we are closer to finding solutions to some of life's big questions than we might think. Contributors: John Polkinghorne, Martin Rees, John Barrow, Susan Blackmore, Susan Greenfield, Stephen LaBerge, Robert Plomin, Geoffrey Miller, Michael Rutter, Janet Radcliffe Richards, David M Buss, Dolf Zillmann, Mary Warnock, John Sulston, Ronald Melzack, Brian Heap, Michael Ruse, Colin Pillinger, John Leslie and Steven Rose.
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This book takes 20 of the most-pondered questions and sets about them in a scientific but comprehensible way. These questions are age-old ones: what is time? Does God exist? What makes us fall in and out of love? Is it right to interfere with nature? Each question is discussed by a renowned scientist and specialist in that particular field, who also describes how other scientists and thinkers past and present have dealt with them and how certain patterns of analysis have served to further modern scientific reasoning. This helps the reader to understand a few of the basic complexities inherent in such investigations. The trillion-dollar questions regarding God's existence and what life is actually about are intelligently debated, giving the reader a clearer and more informed way of thinking about the issues. Obviously this book is unable to give precise answers but it does reassure the inquisitive reader that it is not futile to wonder about such things when scientists have devoted their lives to elucidating them. This is a book that will appeal to most people and while it may not be able to give crystal clear and satisfying solutions, it certainly provides a multitude of insights into the nature of these fundamental mysteries and why and how we wonder about them. Highly recommended. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Harriet Swain
Harriet Swain worked as deputy features editor at the Times Higher Educational Supplement and currently writes for the Guardian on education.