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Essays on the Frontiers of Modern Astrophysics and Cosmology (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy) Paperback – November 21, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-3319018867 ISBN-10: 3319018868 Edition: 2014th

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  • Series: Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2014 edition (November 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3319018868
  • ISBN-13: 978-3319018867
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,799,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

This book is a collection of engaging and intriguing essays that describe an intellectual journey from the beginning to the end of universe. It is the product of an ongoing effort to know our place in the universe and share with readers the underpinnings of the magnificent cosmos where we are given a chance to exist only very briefly. The essays incorporate a group of challenging ideas that modern physics and cosmology are struggling to understand, in a unique way that incorporates mythological, religious, and philosophical perspectives. The author relies on a simple and powerful philosophy that we are part of the universe and the universe is part of us.


This wonderful collection of essays provides a journey through the current frontiers of modern astrophysics and cosmology. Its depiction of the most important unsolved mysteries about our place in the Universe is peppered with original insights and philosophical perspectives, making it an intellectual treat.

– Avi Loeb, Professor, Harvard University Chair, Astronomy Department; Director, Institute for Theory and Computation


In these essays, Santhosh Mathew combines an impressive knowledge of physics with an eye to its connection to Eastern philosophy as well as its relevance to our life in modern times. In his thoughtful investigation of natural phenomena and their relationship to universal philosophical truths, he takes up where The Tao of Physics leaves off. You may well find his keen curiosity about the natural world and our place in it infectious.

– Carole Bugge (C. E. Lawrence), author of Strings


In this informative assemblage of engaging essays Santhosh Mathew takes the reader on a deeply human quest for truth, a truly inspiring journey that boldly addresses the big questions of what the Universe is, how it came into being, and where it may be heading. This exciting adventure is as much a rich scientific history of elegant physics, mathematics, and cosmology as it is a philosophical and spiritual pursuit fueled by human imagination. In this age of globalization Mathew recognizes that we need a new and a more whole story, a new epistemology that links our current and cutting edge intellectual scientific understanding of the physical Universe with our deeply spiritual, mystical, and philosophical insights, and he skillfully weaves the foundation for such a story, leaving the reader with a sense of awe, wonder, power, humility, and belonging.

– David Morimoto, Division Director, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Lesley University

About the Author

Santhosh Mathew, Ph.D., is a professor, researcher, and science writer. He has written extensively on scientific topics of popular interest. His regular science blog can be found at His writings on science and Eastern philosophy have been widely read. His research interests include developments in modern physics, mathematics, and cosmology.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debra L Leahy on December 25, 2013
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Every once in awhile you come upon a book that absolutely challenges the way you perceive your surrounding world. Such books debunk the theories that guide your understanding of the world only to open up to a lens that is more complex and more enriching. Santhosh Mathew’s book does just that. For many who read this book, the intertwining of science and Eastern philosophy may be novel, and for that reason, I highly recommend that those readers indulge in the book. It will change the way that science and religion, cosmology and philosophy resonate in the minds of these readers. For other readers, the conjoining of these concepts will mark a continuation of a journey to better understand how these lines of thoughts interact, influence and become intertwined throughout the course of time. In reading this book, concepts that surround us in daily life, such as time, movement and human presence, are repeatedly challenged. Mathew reminds us throughout the book that human understanding is not arrived at through a linear progression and by no means should be simple. Human understanding is complex and ever-changing. Simply said, read this book, challenge your mind, enlighten your heart and mind, and engage in deeper dialogue with one another on how the depth of Eastern philosophy and the weight of science form an infinite world. Read this book and imagine a world where we are more comforted by what we don’t know that what we do know. Mathews envisions that world throughout this book and invites readers to join him in seeing an unfixed, fluid world where complex questions are more inviting than simple answers.

Debra Leahy
Associate Provost, Instructor of Literature and Social Science
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By P & J T on March 10, 2014
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Very informative reading for a lay person, from both a philosophical and historical perspective. Recommended reading for a thoughtful person.
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