A Comprehensible Universe: The Interplay of Science and Theology

A Comprehensible Universe
  • Book
  • 160 pages
  • Level: university

By Fr. George V. Coyne, S. J., Director of the Vatican Observatory from 1978-2006, and Michael Heller.  A short description of the book from the publisher’s web page:

Why is our world comprehensible? This question seems so trivial that few people have dared to ask it. In this book we explore the deep roots of the mystery of rationality. The inquiry into the rationality of the world began over two-and-a-half-thousand years ago, when a few courageous people tried to understand the world with the help of reason alone, rejecting the comforting fabric of myth and legend.

After many philosophical and theological adventures the Greek concept of rationality laid the foundations of a revolutionary way of thinking: the scientific method, which transformed the world.

But looking at the newest fruits of the world’s rationality – relativity theory, quantum mechanics, the unification of physics, quantum gravity – the question arises: what are the limits of the scientific method? The principal tenet of rationality is that you should never stop asking questions until everything has been answered….

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