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Journey of the Universe Hardcover – June 28, 2011
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I have read Swimme's previous books and much of Thomas Berry's writings and perhaps the best way to describe this book is as a distillation and re-focusing of the best of this previous work. Although not as involved as "The Universe Story" by Berry/Swimme, it brilliantly captures its essence and expounds insights without bogging down in detail. I was amazed at the writing style which is so concise and informative and packs deep and thought-provoking insights into every paragraph. Yet it is a joy to read and what I would call an "easy read" probably requiring not much more than 2-3 hours! The collaboration of Mary Evelyn Tucker (editor of Thomas Berry's later books of essays) and Brian Swimme has created a book which could (and should!) well become one of the most widely read in the English-speaking world.
Although the authors outline the cosmological history of our Universe it never bogs down in scientific jargon and always keeps the reader firmly focused on what this all means for us today. They do, however, paint an awe-inspiring picture of the Universe out of which we have emerged and the cosmological forces which have shaped this emergence.
The essential focus of the book is not at all scientific in nature - most of it is concerned with subtly raising our awareness of the human species' place or role within Earth Community now that we understand all that modern cosmology has revealed. Note that this is subtle.Read more ›
With the capacity of humans to experience "the depth of things" and to exhibit compassion and empathy for each other, and, hopefully, all species, do we have the creativity, tools and commitment to forge a planetary system that is sustainable? It is precisely this question that will challenge us over the next couple of decades as we reach seven billion people on the planet. Can we create a world that can flourish for all its inhabitants for generations to come?
The authors document that humans are an exploratory species, fascinated by the journey. Our stories of that journey sustain us, yet not all explorations result in positive outcomes. And few of us understand the scope of this journey over cosmic time and humankind's infinitesimal part in that play. The authors explain that there is a dynamic tension that drives the universe - galactic expansion-contraction, life-death explosions, evolutionary experimentation-adaption. Cataclysmic events have wiped out massive potions of life on earth before.Read more ›
All I can say is that you had better fasten your cosmic seatbelt when you enter into the sweep of this fantastic book. How does anyone set about taking readers through the journey of the ENTIRE, COTTONPICKIN'13.7billion UNIVERSE in one short, readable book? Unless that person is Brian Swimme. WHO IS THIS GUY? An astrophysicist? A philosopher? A scientist? A cosmologist? Yes, all that and one of the best all-round, captivating storytellers you'll ever meet. I suggest you read the book first, then treat yourself to the DVD and invite your friends over and take them with you on this amazing journey of the way we and everything around us first flared from a tiny spark of light, which generated gases that gathered and congealed and birthed stars and galaxies and supernovas that exploded and gave us Earth and moon and living creatures and beets and eggs and geysers in Yellowstone and - everything. And, when all was set - us human beings with consciousness and blazing imaginations. Not to mention our unique, awesome responsibility to care for our planet. There's a moral urgency behind this book. The truth is that we humans need to wake up - and soon- because we're out of control in our addiction to petroleum and pesticides and wastefulness that is fast destroying our planet. And those of us who belong to communities of faith need to understand the special role our religious convictions play in stewardship and care for Earth. Far from threatening faith, the story of our evolving and unfurling universe makes us drop to our knees in wonder.Read more ›
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This is a book that should be required reading for all of our children. Providing a clear and meaningful context for living in the complex global civilization that is emerging... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Gerald E. Shaw Jr.
This is a very readable explanation of the un-explainable for non scientists (and most scientists) and especially for those who know still think God is a person or a being. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Loren G. Carlson
Excellent, intelligent, enjoyable writing. Offers a deeper way of looking at the evolution of our universe and our planet, including human life. Worthwhile!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a beautiful little book. The authors were inspired to write a concise history of the known universe using the language of artists and visionaries. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sharon
I read this three times I was so impressed. That is all I need to say!Published 6 months ago by Deirdre Kent
Excellent read, feel proud of the Universe...and its Creator.Published 9 months ago by Jason Griffis
A great book. Easy to read and very informative about what's going on in the Universe.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Unfortunately, it's based on Darwin theory that was proven wrong.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer