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At age 94, Wouk embarks on an autobiographical journey through his monumental writings (The Caine Mutiny; The Winds of War; War and Remembrance), people he has met in his life, world events, and books he has read (including the Talmud) to weave a testament of faith. Throughout the book, he returns to his friendship with Nobel laureateRichard Feynman, whose work as a scientist on the atomic bomb and life as a humanist challenge the author's Orthodox Jewish beliefs. Along the way the reader meets other scientists and their accomplishments and also some of Wouk's fictional characters. What most impresses Wouk is the big bang (the first three minutes) and the small bang (the universe giving birth to the mind) so that humans could comprehend God. Ever so faithful to his Jewish heritage, he discusses how research in the scientific and secular world strengthened his faith. This book will interest any person of faith who has followed Wouk's storied career and read his fiction. (Apr.)
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The first half of Wouk’s third book on religion (after This Is My God, 1959, and The Will to Live On, 1999) is as engaging as his megaselling historical novels. It’s about his encounters with famous scientists, foremost among them physicist Richard Feynman, who suggested Wouk learn the “language God talks”—calculus. Wouk tried, unsuccessfully, but anyway kept on meeting and palavering with scientists, a habit acquired researching the atom bomb for The Winds of War (1971) and War and Remembrance (1978). His recounting of the science history he learned, predominantly about space exploration, is done so personably that stargazing laypersons ought to be tickled pink. He uses a little paleoanthropology and more WWII research to bridge from science to religion but then, unfortunately, bogs down abstracting the Battle of Leyte and Holocaust episodes in the war novels. He finishes well, though, with an imaginary dialogue with Feynman that winningly binds him and the physicist as Jews and affirms the continuing viability of questioning God. Hard not to like. --Ray OlsonSee all Editorial Reviews
I've been reading Mr. Wouk for 40 years, but not since the WW II novels. My favorite is still Inside, Outside. It was a joy to get reacquainted after many years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rev. Stephen Goldstein
There are plenty of writers, few masters, and fewer still, those who walk a reader into a thick wood off trail to wonder at it all. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dana "Dr.D" Richardson
Wouk puts down in few pages the organic logic for his faith. He does it not only by explicating the "point", he wants to make but more importantly, with the meandering parable... Read morePublished 6 months ago by John P. Aubin
This is a lovely book. It's less about the 'language of God' than a journey to writing the book, which is quite fascinating. Read morePublished 7 months ago by techno-idiot
Wouk the genius describes the mystery of the ages, who is God and why are we here, miserable little worms.Published 8 months ago by LawmanDoug
great seller, great product, just great all around!Published 11 months ago by Randall T. Giesey Jr.
And proves some things can't be proved. Like that scientists agree in a high power watching over us all and under control of the universe.Published on August 30, 2013 by regi
Studying physics for most of us is like sitting down and trying to read Greek for the first time, difficult at best. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer