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The Sacred Depths of Nature Paperback – June 15, 2000
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In this work, she opens at the beginning, explaining how physics underlies everything, including life. She relates how "life from non-life" can and does occur. She moves to a description of the origins and later development of life's processes. Cell mechanisms are portrayed. In this topic, she creates a wonderful idea - the Mozart Metaphor. We listen to a Mozart sonata with a sense of awe and veneration. Those feelings, she urges, aren't diminished by the knowledge that the music is reducible to blobs of ink on a page. Any musician can read those dots and restore the wonder by playing the music. In life, our knowledge of life's processes doesn't diminish the marvel of them. Goodenough translates that feeling into a "Mystery" which she wishes to share. If you need to understand how much of life functions, but fear abandoning "traditional" beliefs, this book is a fine first step.
A second step is one Goodenough regrettably omits.Read more ›
As Ms. Goodenough amply demonstrates in this unique little book, science needn't be devoid of awe; its language needn't be dry and unpoetic; its students needn't be deprived of feeling. In fact, quite the contrary. The intricacy and grandeur or nature, as revealed by science, is every bit as awe-inspiring as the greatest religious myths; indeed, even more so. Ms. Goodenough argues that understanding life is like understanding a Mozart sonata. As she puts it, "The biochemistry and biophysics are the notes of life; they conspire, collectively, to generate the real unit of life, the organism.Read more ›
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This book is a clearly written source of how our world came to be and how it works. I've sent it to my granddaughters as a primary source
to acquaint them with how things... Read more
A little too wishy-whashy for me. The spiritual philosophy was fine for some folks who need the softening of life's truths, but I'm beyond that need now. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Judy
Every American, whether researcher in some aspect of the evolutions from physics, "physics" being energy, mass and space-time, should re-read this book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Phillip R. Beaver
Dr. Ursula Goodenough aptly named her book, The Sacred Depths of Nature. Her view of Nature as sacred has brought to the front and center the notion that the emotional aspects of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Benjamin Godfrey
Received this item quickly and packaged securely. Described accurately. Thank you.Published 12 months ago by I. Desiderio
This book is very science-based and way beyond my total understanding, but the science gave a different perspective that was quite interesting to me. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lana
I was expecting much more from this book - I was not really interested in the fact that the authors Christian beliefs or how she attempts to tie them into her science based... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amira
I have owned this book for at least ten years. I like it so much that I put it on my Kindle so that it travels with me. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Susan J. Parr
I absolutely love this book. I recommend it to those who think that science takes all the awe and wonder out of understanding nature. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Alice Sanvito, Licensed Massage Therapist