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The Cosmic Dance: Science Discovers the Mysterious Harmony of the Universe Hardcover – November 28, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-1890151256 ISBN-10: 1890151254 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Templeton Press; 1 edition (November 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890151254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890151256
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,225,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Professor Giuseppe Del Re (1932–2009) was a full professor of theoretical chemistry at the University of Naples, and a full member of the International Academy for Philosophy of Science and the European Academy for Environmental Problems. He was a founding member of the International Centre for Transdisciplinary Research and Studies and was a member of the scientific board of several journals, particularly the international philosophical journals La Nuova Critica, Fiolsofia Oggi and Hyle.
Professor Del Re’s main achievements in his primary research field are marked by the well-known “Del Re Method” for the determination of atom charges in molecules and by the introduction of maximum localization hybrids in the molecular orbital method. Both procedures have been utilized by researchers in the whole world. In the field of epistemology, as a result of lectures on the chemical origin of life, he has carried out research on &ldquot;complexity&rdquot; with special reference to (a) organization as a characteristic of living beings, (b) the mind-body problems, and (c) chemistry and its status as an independent discipline.
In his lifetime, Del Re published over 180 papers, about 170 in internationally recognized scientific and philosophical journals. He was editor of a book on the brain-mind problem published by the Pontifical Academy of Science, translated into Italian and authored a book on the electronic states of molecules. He was research group leader in 1959–62 at RIAS, Baltimore, U.S.A, invited researcher at the Institut de Biologie Physico–Chimique of the University of Paris 1963–1970, and was invited professor in Canada, Germany, France, Peru, and Hungary. His most recent appointment out of Italy was as invited professor at the cole Normale Suprieure in Paris in 1997.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Nagy on June 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The Cosmic Dance: Science Discovers the Mysterious Harmony of the Universe by Giuseppe Del Re, Foreword by Thomas F. Torrance (Templeton Foundation) focuses on a new worldview, emerging from the science of the last decades of the second millennium. Its metaphor is the cosmic dance, or the harmony existing between systems that are so strongly interdependent that they behave as a single entity. This dance image hints at a general, evolving pattern in which all objects in the universe participate-like the ordered chaos of an African open-air market. Some of the chapters discuss the nature of processes in the universe, including chaos and chance in the game of life. The reconciliation of variety and unity are addressed in reference to the space-time continuum and the unified field of relativity theory. Del Re continues the investigation into an exploration of the origins of freedom and ethics, suggesting that science indicates that the human species may have a specific task in the universe: building a bridge between matter and spirit. Del Re ponders alchemy, the significance of symbols, and the meaning of the soul. Woven throughout a variety of esoteric and scientific inquiries is the underlying sense of the unifying principles of science and a spiritual outlook. The questions raised are issues that will be discussed by an emerging network of scientists and spiritual seekers, and this book will add a valued and informed perspective to these conversations. The Cosmic Dance is a playful book that takes a broad view of the subject of science and religious aspiration. Del Re wants us to keep an open and playful imagination about how we think and experiment with the universe.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The Cosmic Dance: Science Discovers The Mysterious Harmony Of The Universe explores how the image and metaphor of dancing helps us come to terms with evolution, randomness, irreversibility, and the emergence of new information -- including the conception of the universe as a complex system made up of complex systems. From atoms to planets, solar systems to galaxies, and the choreographed evolution of ecosystems and human beings, The Cosmic Dance views such phenomena as interacting wholes, and apparently chaotic systems can work well. Author Guiseppe Del Re examines the nature of complexity, order, and organization while referencing scientists, philosophers, and literature. The Cosmic Dance examines the place of man in the scheme of things, including human ethics, morals, mind, soul, and psyche. A fascinating, informative, and at times inspiring blend of philosophy and science, The Cosmic Dance engages both the mind and the imagination that will be read with deep interest by scholarship and the non-specialist general reader alike.
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By F. Lightsom on December 1, 2012
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The book is very thought-provoking and informative. It can be difficult to follow, and assumes an inconsistent level of science background. I'll be thinking about the thoughts it provoked for years.
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