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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Edition edition (May 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879754516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879754518
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An important thesis . . . provocative . . . intriguing." - Nature

About the Author

Victor J. Stenger (1935 - 2014) was an adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado and emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii. He was the author of the New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis, God and the Atom, God and the Folly of Faith, The Comprehensible Cosmos, and many other books.

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Victor J. Stenger grew up in a Catholic working-class neighborhood in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was a Lithuanian immigrant, his mother the daughter of Hungarian immigrants. He attended public schools and received a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering from Newark College of Engineering (now New Jersey Institute of Technology) in 1956. While at NCE, he was editor of the student newspaper and received several journalism awards.

Moving to Los Angeles on a Hughes Aircraft Company fellowship, Dr. Stenger received a master's of science degree in physics from UCLA in 1959 and a PhD in physics in 1963. He then took a position on the faculty of the University of Hawaii, retiring to Colorado in 2000. He currently is emeritus professor of physics at the University of Hawaii and adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado. Dr. Stenger is a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and a research fellow of the Center for Inquiry. Dr. Stenger has also held visiting positions on the faculties of the University of Heidelberg in Germany, Oxford in England (twice), and has been a visiting researcher at Rutherford Laboratory in England, the National Nuclear Physics Laboratory in Frascati, Italy, and the University of Florence in Italy.

His research career spanned the period of great progress in elementary particle physics that ultimately led to the current standard model. He participated in experiments that helped establish the properties of strange particles, quarks, gluons, and neutrinos. He also helped pioneer the emerging fields of very high-energy gamma-ray and neutrino astronomy. In his last project before retiring, Dr. Stenger collaborated on the underground experiment in Japan that in 1998 showed for the first time that the neutrino has mass. The Japanese leader of this experiment shared the 2002 Nobel Prize for this work.

Victor Stenger has had a parallel career as an author of critically well-received popular-level books that interface between physics and cosmology and philosophy, religion, and pseudoscience. These include: Not by Design: The Origin of the Universe (1988); Physics and Psychics: The Search for a World beyond the Senses (1990); The Unconscious Quantum: Metaphysics in Modern Physics and Cosmology (1995); Timeless Reality: Symmetry, Simplicity, and Multiple Universes (2000); Has Science Found God? The Latest Results in the Search for Purpose in the Universe (2003); The Comprehensible Cosmos: Where Do the Laws of Physics Come From? (2006); God: The Failed Hypothesis--How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist (2007); Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness (2009); The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason (2009); The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe is Not Designed for Us (2011); God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion (2012). God: The Failed Hypothesis made the New York Times Best Seller List in March 2007.

Vic and his wife, Phylliss, have been happily married since 1962 and have two children and four grandchildren. They now live in Lafayette, Colorado. They travel the world as often as they can.

Dr. Stenger maintains a website where much of his writing can be found, at http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/vstenger.

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45 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book makes a compelling case for the idea that the universe didn't come about through the handywork of some magical space pixie. The naysayers will throw about their arguments from incredulity while kicking & screaming but, in the end, even they (if anything like a rational mind still inhabits their bodies) will be forced to admit that this concept deserves serious consideration. Once, it was considered common sense that the sun moved around the Earth. "Look up at the sky and see it for yourself!", they would exclaim. But the thinking mind will take the known facts and discard the hypothesises that don't have compelling evidence to support them in favor of the ones that do. Thus far, only a superstitious mind would put the intelligent design idea into the latter category.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Scott on April 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been a fan of Stenger for a while now and this book is great. It is lucid, entertaining, and strikes at the core of fine-tuning. It almost reminds me of an odd combination of Dawkin's enthusiasm with Sagan's massive insight into the workings of space.

Highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of Sagan, Asimov, Krauss, Tyson, or any of the new atheists.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carl on May 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Explains clearly and sensibly the way the universe was not by design and without guidance.
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Victor John Stenger (born 1935) is an American particle physicist, philosopher, author, and religious skeptic; he is also a regular featured science columnist for the Huffington Post. He has written many other books, such as Has Science Found God? The Latest Results in the Search for Purpose in the Universe, God: The Failed Hypothesis. How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist, God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion, The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1988 book, "In our own culture, dominated as it is by Judeo-Christian thought, most people normally take as evident that the universe began as the result of some creative act... The very order of the universe was seen to imply a grand design. the natural laws responsible for that design must have been laid down by some lawgiver. That lawgiver was God. MOdern science has even been called on to testify to the validity of the notion of creation... In a papal encyclical in 1951, Pope Pius XII took [the Big Bang] as evidence for a Creator... In this book, this certainty is challenged. Nothing in our current scientific understanding of the universe, including the Big Bang, demands that it begin with a purposeful creation.
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