Wayfarers in the Cosmos

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Wayfarers in the Cosmos

The Human Quest for Meaning

In this eye-opening book, two astronomers from the Vatican’s observatory present their views on the profound developments in our knowledge about the world—from the discoveries of Copernicus and Galileo, to the wonders of quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity.

Christians, Jews, and Muslims believe that the cosmos is profoundly meaningful and that everything in it has its source in God. How does our faith relate to modern developments in science? George V. Coyne, S.J. and Alessandro Omizzolo, leading scientists at the Vatican observatory, examine the history of religious thought about the cosmos in Western culture—from beliefs held in ancient Egypt to the modern conception of the expanding universe. An important resource, presented in non-technical language, for those who sense the congruity between spirit and science.

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"The time is ripe for a book by Vatican officials on how the Official Church sees the staggering developments in modern astronomy. Coyne and Omizzolo take readers through the history of human understandings of heavens to arrive at a deep understanding of what many secular physicists are themselves saying about the cosmos: that a loving Creator stands behind it all."
Templeton Foundation Press

Paperback / 184 pages
Dimensions: 5 X 8