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Fire In The Mind : Vintage - George Johnson

Fire In The Mind


Paperback Published: 1st September 1996
ISBN: 9780679740216
Number Of Pages: 400

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Are there really laws governing the universe? Or is the order we see a mere artifact of the way evolution wired the brain? And is what we call science only a set of myths in which quarks, DNA, and information fill the role once occupied by gods? These questions lie at the heart of George Johnson's audacious exploration of the border between science and religion, cosmic accident and timeless law. Northern New Mexico is home both to the most provocative new enterprises in quantum physics, information science, and the evolution of complexity and to the cosmologies of the Tewa Indians and the Catholic Penitentes. As it draws the reader into this landscape, juxtaposing the systems of belief that have taken root there, Fire in the Mind into a gripping intellectual adventure story that compels us to ask where science ends and religion begins.

"A must for all those seriously interested in the key ideas at the frontier of scientific discourse."--Paul Davies

Introduction: Kivas, Moradas, and the Secrets of the Nuclear Age
Four Magic Mountains
Phaedrus's Ghosts
The Depth of the Atom
The Height of the Sky Tesuque Interlude: The Riddle of the Camel
""The Cold, Gray Cave of Abstraction""
The Demonology of Information
The Undetermined World
The Democracy of Measurement San Ildefonso Interlude: The Mystery of Other minds
""A Fever Matter""
The Dawn of Recognition
The Arrival of the Fittest
In Search of Complexity
In the Eye o
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ISBN: 9780679740216
ISBN-10: 067974021X
Series: Vintage
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st September 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.3  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1