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The Dancing Universe

From Creation Myths to the Big Bang

Marcelo Gleiser refutes the notion that science and spirituality are irreconcilable. In The Dancing Universe, he traces mystical, philosophical, and scientific ideas about the cosmos through the past twenty-five centuries, from the ancient creation myths of numerous cultures to contemporary theories about an ever-expanding universe. He also explores the lives and ideas of history’s greatest scientists, including Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein. By exploring how scientists have unlocked the secrets of gravity, matter, time, and space, Gleiser offers fresh perspective on the debate between science and faith.

352 pages | 6 x 9

Physical Sciences: Physics and Astronomy

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 2005 Edition • Beginnings - Creation Myths - The Greeks • The Awakening - The Sun, the Church, and the New Astronomy - The Pious Heretic - The Triumph of Reason • The Classical Era - The World Is an Intricate Machine • Modern Times - Of Things Fast - Of Things Small • Modeling the Universe - Inventing Universes - Beginnings • Epilogue: Dancing with the Universe • Glossary • Bibliography • Index

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