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The Dancing Universe
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Available again, with a new preface, a physicist's "exceptionally clear summary of 2,500 years of science and a fascinating account of the ways in which it often does intersect with spiritual beliefs" --Kirkus Reviews 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface to the 2005 Edition
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Part I | Beginnings
  2. p. 1
  1. 1 | Creation Myths
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. 2 | The Greeks
  2. pp. 23-60
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  1. Part II | The Awakening
  2. p. 61
  1. 3 | The Sun, the Church, and the New Astronomy
  2. pp. 63-96
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  1. 4 | The Pious Heretic
  2. pp. 97-119
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  1. 5 | The Triumph of Reason
  2. pp. 120-146
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  1. Part III | The Classical Era
  2. p. 147
  1. 6 | The World Is an Intricate Machine
  2. pp. 149-188
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  1. Part IV | Modern Times
  2. p. 189
  1. 7 | Of Things Fast
  2. pp. 191-211
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  1. 8 | Of Things Small
  2. pp. 212-240
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  1. Part V | Modeling the Universe
  2. p. 241
  1. 9 | Inventing Universes
  2. pp. 243-279
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  1. 10 | Beginnings
  2. pp. 280-309
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  1. Epilogue: Dancing with the Universe
  2. pp. 310-312
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  1. Glossary of Selected Terms
  2. pp. 313-319
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  1. Bibliography and Further Reading
  2. pp. 320-326
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 327-338
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