If Howard Bloom is only 10 percent right, we’ll have to drastically revise our notions of the universe. . . . [His] argument will rock your world."
-BARBARA EHRENREICH, National Magazine Award winner and author of Nickel and Dimed
"Enthralling. Astonishing. Written with the panache of the Great Blondin turning somersaults on the rope above Niagara. Profound, extraordinarily eclectic, and crazy. The most exciting cliff-hanger of a book I can remember reading."
-JAMES BURKE, Creator and host of seven BBC-TV series, including Connections
"Bloody hell. . . . What a truly extraordinary book. I’m gobsmacked. It’s a fast-paced, highly readable, and deeply researched thriller-documentary that grapples with the big issues of the universe. . . . Food for the brain."
-FRANCIS PRYOR, President of the Council for British Archaeology, author of Britain BC
"For those of us who do not invoke god(s) to explain things, there is a challenge—where did the complexity of the physical and natural world come from? . . . This deep, provocative, spectacularly well-written book provides some answers. . . . A wonderful book."
-ROBERT SAPOLSKY, MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" winner and author of Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
"Strong. Like a STEAM ROLLER. Impressive. Great."
-RICHARD FOREMAN, MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" winner and founder of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater
"A deeply engrossing and mind-bending meld of philosophy and science, written with great clarity, humor, and daring."
-CHARLES SIEBERT, Contributing writer, New York Times Sunday Magazine
"Truly awesome. . . . Bursting with insights and ideas, delivered with delightful verve and zest. . . . A tantalizing, fresh new view of the cosmos for humankind."
-DUDLEY HERSCHBACH, Winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
From the Author
There's a secret hidden in a mathematical nugget called Peano's Axioms. Is Peano 's mystery the key to the cosmos?
The God Problem tackles the question of how a godless cosmos creates; of how a universe without a bearded and bathrobed god in the sky pulls off acts of genesis. And it pursues the riddles behind five mildly flabbergasting heresies:
- a does not equal a
- one plus one does not equal two
- entropy is wrong
- randomness is not as random as you think and
- information theory is way off base.
Says The God Problem:
God's war crimes, Aristotle's sneaky tricks, Galileo's creationism, Newton's intelligent design, entropy's errors, Einstein's pajamas, John Conway's game of loneliness, Information Theory's blind spot, Stephen Wolfram's New Kind Of Science, and six monkeys at six typewriters getting it wrong. What do these have to do with the birth of a universe and with your need for meaning? Everything, as you're about to see.
In The God Problem you'll take a scientific expedition into the secret heart of a cosmos you've never seen. An electrifyingly inventive cosmos. An obsessive-compulsive cosmos. A driven, ambitious cosmos. A cosmos of colossal shocks. A cosmos of screaming, stunning surprise. A cosmos that's the biggest invention engine--the biggest breakthrough maker, the biggest creator--of all time.
One critic has suggested that The God Problem may be a great book on a par with Darwin's Origin of the Species and Newton's Principia Mathematica. One Nobel Prize winner and two Macarthur Genius Award winners have said The God Problem is "spectacular" and "great." Early readers like Amazon.com's number one non-fiction reviewer have said The God Problem is "the next paradigm," "a game-changer," and a book that will "change your life." And Heinz Insu Fenkl of SUNY's Interstitial Studies Institute says, "The God Problem is the next paradigm. It doesn't take you down the proverbial 'rabbit hole' -- it will take you to a place from which you will never re-emerge, a brand new universe in the same skin as the one you now unknowingly inhabit."
Will The God Problem utterly change the way you see everything around you and everything inside you? That's my intention. But only one person can answer that question: you.
"Enthralling. Astonishing. Written with the panache of the Great Blondin turning somersaults on the rope above Niagara. Profound, extraordinarily eclectic, and crazy. The most exciting cliffhanger of a book I can remember reading." James Burke, creator and host of seven BBC TV series, including Connections
"I have just come out from the giddy ride through things of the mind and mathematics that is The God Problem. Bloom takes us on a magic carpet ride of ideas about: well, about everything. And it turns out that everything we knew about everything is probably wrong. The God Problem is an intellectual cave of wonders made more wonderful by the tales of the lives of the people behind the ideas. Don't start this book late at night, for it will banish sleep." Robin Fox, Rutgers University, author of The Tribal Imagination: Civilization and the Savage Mind, former director of research for the H. F. Guggenheim Foundation
"If Howard Bloom is only 10 percent right, we'll have to drastically revise our notions of the universe. There's no mysticism in The God Problem-- no God, no religion, no incommunicable spiritual insights -- just the contagious joy of a great mind set loose on the biggest intellectual puzzles humans have ever faced. Whether you're a scientist or a hyper-curious layperson, Bloom's argument will rock your world." Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, National Magazine Award Winner
- "Bloody hell... What a truly extraordinary book. I'm gob-smacked." Francis Pryor, President of the Council for British Archaeology, author, Britain BC.
- "Is The God Problem a great book like Darwin's The Origin Of Species, Lyell's Principles Of Geology, or Newton's Principia Mathematica?" Dan Schneider, the man Roger Ebert calls the "ideal critic."
- "Terrific." Dudley Herschbach, Harvard U, 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
- "Deep, provocative, spectacularly well written...great." Robert Sapolsky, Stanford U, MacArthur Genius Award winner.
- "Strong...like a STEAM ROLLER...impressive...great." Richard Foreman, founder Ontological-Hysteric Theater, MacArthur Genius Award-Winner.
- "Mind-bending." Charles Siebert, contributing writer, New York Times Sunday Magazine
- "Ebullient, enthralling." Alex Wright, Director of User Experience and Product Research, New York Times, author, Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages.
- "Utterly extraordinary." Matt Thorne, winner of the Encore Award, longlisted for the Booker Prize.
- "Thrilling." Hector Zenil, Institut d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Technique.
- "The ultimate scientific detective story." Mark Lamonica, winner of the Southern California Booksellers Association Nonfiction Award.
- "A 'page-turner.'" Walter Collier Putnam, 30-year Associated Press veteran.
- "Great literature." Edgar Mitchell, sixth astronaut on the moon.
- "Incandescent...shakes out like shining from shook foil and oozes to a greatness," George Gilder, author, Wealth and Poverty, winner of the White House Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence.
- "Profound and extraordinary." Yuri Ozhigov, Chair of Quantum Informatics, Moscow State University.
- "Entertaining, suspenseful, rigorous, and thoroughly mathematical." Martin Bojowald, loop quantum cosmologist, Penn State Physics Department, author of Once Before Time: A Whole Story of the Universe.
- "Absolutely sparkling with ideas." David Christian, founder, International Big History Association..
- "An enjoyment shot through with things you never knew." Allen Johnson, Ex-chair, dpt of anthropology, UCLA.
- "Infectious." Mark Lupisella, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
- "The central illuminations glow." Robert B. Cialdini, Arizona State University, Author of Influence, the most cited social psychologist in the world today.
- "Exalted! Glorious! Astounding." Nancy Weber, author of 22 books including The Life Swap.
- "An entire paradigm shift!" David Tamm, author, Tsiolkovsky's Imperative.
- "A paradigm/mind-set/game changer." Robert Steele, #1 Amazon.com reviewer for non-fiction.
- "The next paradigm. It will take you to a place from which you will never re-emerge, a brand new universe in the same skin as the one you now unknowingly inhabit." Heinz Insu Fenkl, director, The Interstitial Studies Institute, SUNY.
- "The God Problem will change your life." David Swindle, Associate Editor, PJ Media.
- "What James Joyce's Ulysses might have been like had he written about science. Don't let anyone undersell this." Steve Hovland, video maker.
- "Genius." Jean Paul Baquiast Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Are Giusseppe Peano's 165 words, his five mathematical gems, the key to the universe? Read The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates and judge for yourself.