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Siegfried Eckleben

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Book Description

What does science tell us about the birth of our universe, about stars and galaxies and black holes, about elementary particles, the formation of atoms and molecules and their growing diversification, about the beginning of life and its evolution on earth?

In this book an omniscient quark named Yog tells his answers to all these questions for everyday persons of all ages. Indeed, as a witness to all events from the Big Bang to the present state of affairs on planet earth, Yog gives a precise and scientifically sound account to the author Eckleben, who has made a wonderfully intelligent, intelligible and moreover entertaining and often quite amusing tale out of this vast amount of knowledge, all done with a clever use of everyday language without complicated terminology and mathematical formulas.

Having taught advanced courses on cosmology on graduate student level for many years, I can confirm that the facts about cosmic evolution and organic evolution presented by Yog's ghost-writer Eckleben give a pretty good and accurate picture of present day scientific knowledge. It will attract and satisfy many curious readers, in particular young ones, even if they have (yet) had very little scientific education.

Further quite amusing chapters are devoted to a sketch of human societies and behaviour as seen from Yog's cosmic-comic point of view. It appears that the quark and his interpreter agree on the certainly likeable engineers' conviction that most personal, social and global problems arise from a lack of rationality and shall be solved in the future with a more scientific approach. In spite of some doubts I do sympathize with their point of view and hope with them for a further development of mankind leading to 'homo prudens', the rational and responsible being that may use its dominating role for the benefit of all life on earth. This, of course, is the hope of all educators and I wish that the book finds wide distribution in schools, public libraries, among teachers and students.

Dr. Gustav Obermair
Professor of Theoretical Physics
University of Regensburg

April 2007

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Could this be the destiny of life on planet Earth: to go through almost 14 billion years of evolution only to be stifled and suffocated by the actions of its most intelligent species? I am the ghostwriter of Yog, the quark. It told me the history of the universe, from its birth to the present, as an eyewitness. Quarks are very elementary particles which is why Yog uses plain language for everybody to understand, all ages and genders. Since elementary particles lack emotions, the narrative is quite objective. Join in and get the whole story of the universe, our solar system, Earth and life on Earth - all packed into one single, easy-to-read book.

From the Inside Flap

I sincerely hope you enjoy the narrative and I wish you share at least some of my findings about earthlings and their planet. 
Surely you do agree that earthlings must decrease their population on planet Earth by pragmatic and non-violent methods to pre-worldwar II levels?! That is still a multitude of about 2 billion but the planet could sustain it indefinitely, even with all their wastage and antics.
If you do, please tell others - because nobody on Earth dares to say so! 
With universal greetings and cosmic regards
Yog, the quark

Product Details

  • File Size: 1822 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Siegfried Eckleben; 3 edition (September 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NCJU24
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More About the Author

Siegfried Eckleben was born in Weimar, Germany on Labor Day, May 1st, 1944. It started with labor and he has been laboring ever since. He grew up and attended school in the rural areas of what was then South West Africa. After graduating with an electrical engineering degree at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, he first worked on a mine in northern SWA and then started moving around the planet. Having lived and worked in Southern Africa, North and South America, Australia and Europe, he now lives in what has become Namibia and on an island in the North Atlantic.

The mystery of the universe, its vastness and counter-intuitive concepts such as ETERNAL and INFINITE intrigued and awed me ever since my teenage days. Trying to understand it, and to make it understandable to normal people, motivated me to write the first part of the book. I have worked and lived in many countries and interacted with many persons. The mysteries of human behaviour, the striking differences to other animals and their weird tendency to self-destruction, induced me to write the second part.

Siegfried speaks five languages and has written articles in Afrikaans, English, German and Portuguese.


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