A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature

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InterVarsity Press, 20 вер. 2009 р. - 257 стор.
Meaningful or meaningless? Purposeful or pointless? When we look at nature, whether at our living earth or into deepest space, what do we find? In stark contrast to contemporary claims that the world is meaningless, Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt reveal a cosmos charged with both meaning and purpose. Their journey begins with Shakespeare and ranges through Euclid's geometry, the fine-tuning of the laws of physics, the periodic table of the elements, the artistry of ordinary substances like carbon and water, the intricacy of biological organisms, and the irreducible drama of scientific exploration itself. Along the way, Wiker and Witt fashion a robust argument from evidence in nature, one that rests neither on religious presuppositions nor on a simplistic view of nature as the best of all possible worlds. In their exploration of the cosmos, Wiker and Witt find all the challenges and surprises, all of the mystery and elegance one expects from a work of genius.

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Acknowledgments
9
Prologue
11
1 MeaningFullness and Meaninglessness
15
2 Hamlet and the Search for Meaning
30
3 Shakespeare and the Element of Genius
58
4 The Geometry of Genius
83
5 The Periodic Table
111
6 A Cosmic Home Designed for Discovery
148
7 The Genius of the Elements
170
8 The Reemergence of the Living Cell
194
9 The Restoration of the Living Organism
220
10 The End of the Matter
241
Index
253
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Benjamin Wiker (Ph.D., Vanderbilt), is a full-time writer and senior fellow of Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington. His work has appeared in such publications as First Things, National Catholic Register, Crisis, Catholic World Report and the New Oxford Review. Books he has written include Moral Darwinism and Architects of the Culture of Death.

Jonathan Witt (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is research fellow at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, MI and senior fellow with Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture in Seattle, Washington. He was formerly an associate professor at Lubbock Christian University. He has published articles in Philosophia Christi, Touchstone, Literature & Theology, Windover and Princeton Theological Review and Philosophia Christi.

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