- Hardcover: 345 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books (April 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616144432
- ISBN-13: 978-1616144432
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us
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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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The book is articulated well with it's share of humor and analogies (so laymen can understand). However there is some unavoidable technical scientific stuff so it's not the easist read. The book is likely his most technical book in recent years. You will likely, unless your come from a scientific background, skip over some things or accept them without complete understanding. But Stenger does well enough in his articulation that you likely should be able to make it through.
Unlike his other books however this is much more specific on it's topic and contain less overlapping with his other books (which he is known for doing). The book also is a bit to digest (as our most if not all of his books). He goes all out and leaves few if any stones unturned. Also the technical bent can be annoying to those who prefer more mainstream, popular books.
I would recommend that you check out some of his other books especially "God The Failed Hypothesis" as together they make for a much more complete argument on the existence of a higher power. Also I would recommend some other atheist books such as "The God Delusion" (Dawkins), "Th End of Faith" (Harris) & "Godless" (Barker). Their more mainstream, easier to read and better for the average reader.
At the end of the day I found Stenger's books the most helpful in helping me form my own beliefs about the existence of a higher power. His books take more time and dedication than his colleagues but he's much more in depth and complete in his arguments in analysis. For me figuring out what I wanted to believe (and thus how I was going to live my life given what I believe) was important. So the time and energy I took in reading and digesting Stengers material was worth it and you may want to do the same.
That being said the book is not for everybody. If you don't care too much to learn, or are already sastified with your current knowledge, about the fine tuning argument, and see why the argument comes up short, then the book is not for you. But again if you do care and what the complete picture before you make your decision on what you believe then definitely hear Stenger out in this book and his others.
The book does suffer from a lack of accessibility. It assumes an extensive mathematics and physics background on the part of the reader. This is not likely to be the case for the readers that this book could do the most good. Still, beyond writing a "Cosmology for Dummies" and "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Particle Physics" there's little else Stenger could have done. I can only encourage those interested to bring their comprehension of these subjects to the level required of this book. The effort will not be wasted.
I purchased the Kindle version of this book and while readable has one serious flaw. The equations, as they should be, are rendered as graphical objects so they can be enlarged as required. Unfortunately, in the majority of cases the text surrounding the equations, often to the extent of many pages, is also rendered as graphics as well. This means neither the text nor the equations can be enlarged. As these are often in very small font some readers will have problems with this. Additionally, some of the footnotes occur in these graphics so they are not clickable.
This is a major failing and is no doubt due to the Kindle version being converted by machine without proofing by human. No doubt this is due to the demand for Kindle content. I hope that this can be rectified in due course.
On the plus side the notes are (usually) linked and the index is linked as well. The table of contents also works well.
Highly recommended, but beware of the Kindle limitations.