Stephen Hawking and the Divine Author: The Day Hawking Found God but Could't Believe His Eyes (英語) ペーパーバック – 2016/11/1
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2nd Edition with over 150 illustrationsHow can we have freewill when it seems that our lives are already predetermined by God? "For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish." (ISAIAH 46:10) One of Stephen Hawking's theories makes it possible for us to have freewill while at the same time it enables God to know the future before it happens. The explanation is simply amazing! This is the story how Hawking ducked and weaved to avoid the evidence that his theories kept leading him to, namely that God created the Universe. However, in the end he came face to face with the Divine Author and ironically, it was one of his theories that made that fateful confrontation possible. But he could not bring himself to overcome his religious paradigm and acknowledge what his eyes had clearly been revealing to him. By reading this book not only will you learn about Hawking's brush with the Divine Author on a number of occasions, but you will also gain a good grounding on Black Holes, the Steady State Theory of Fred Hoyle, the Big Bang, Hawking Radiation, Einstein's theory of Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Imaginary Time, String theory and more. This will enable you to make an an informed judgement as to the premise of this book, that, "In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth".As for Hawking, having been unable to contradict his own theories any more and in a final act of frustration and self-betrayal he adopted a theory that was not even one of his own - M-theory. Now here is the irony of it. By all accounts M-theory is not a genuine theory but rather it is philosophical speculation disguised as science. Sir Roger Penrose, who shared the Wolf Prize for physics with Hawking in 1988 said on a radio show in 2010, "... M-Theory isn't even a theory. It's a collection of ideas, hopes, aspirations. It's not even a theory."For any scientist, let alone a science superstar like Hawking, to disparage philosophy on the one hand, and then proceed to engage in it by adopting a self contradictory philosophical stance on the other, with M-theory, is really scraping the bottom of the barrel. What a sad end to such a remarkable man, who has captured the hearts and minds of so many people. But is it the end? Hawking's story is not finished yet. He once said:"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change."Thus, it is in the realm of possibility that he may read this book, which goes over his theories that often point to God and change his mind. Stephen, if you are reading this, it is not too late to change your mind and believe what your eyes have been telling you all along. The question is will you? The world waits with bated breath upon your decision.
I found this book hard to put down. It's one of the best apologetics books I've ever read. Harding uses logic and critical thinking to pick apart "theories" put forth by many of today's prominent scientists. Although Hawking and his theories are the focus of the book, Harding also brings up the work of Richard Dawkins, Charles Darwin, and others as they are very relevant to the book's central theme. I was very impressed with the breadth of materials that Harding cites in this book and the reasoning he uses to debunk commonly-accepted ideas in science, which are often called theories but don't meet the criteria for being theories in the first place.
I thought Harding wrote the book really well as it read less like a science book and more like a detective story as he sifts through the evidence at hand. It's a page-turner and I had a very hard time putting it down, despite some of the "heavy" scientific topics presented within and jumping across different disciplines. Harding makes the science understandable--at least as understandable as possible; some of the ideas he critiques are way out there!
I also thought Harding's own theory, presented towards the end of the book, is perhaps the most plausible tie-in between what the Bible tells us about God and what real good science reveals that I've come across. His theory alone is worth the book's purchase price, in my opinion.
Harding is not only a great writer but also a great illustrator. This book contains many excellent pictures and diagrams to complement the text, which (I believe) Harding created himself.
I bought the Kindle version, and the one quibble I have with it is that it isn't indexed. There's no way to easily go to a chapter like in most other Kindle books; I have to either jump between my highlighted text passages and bookmarks or swipe across the screen to "turn pages" until I'm where I want to be. I'd like to see this fixed if possible, perhaps in an updated version for Kindle. [EDIT: On a Kindle device, you can "Go To" the book's Table of Contents and then tap a chapter to jump to it. That's good enough for me.]
Overall, this book is totally worth reading in my opinion. It's definitely one I plan to reread in the near future. I also plan to read Harding's other books, since this one piqued my interest in them. (He includes brief summaries of a few of them in this book, as well as a chapter from one as an appendix.) As another reviewer commented, it's a shame that the "big wigs" of the scientific community sell tons of books full of fluff while a book like this one is underrepresented and mostly unknown to the public at large. Do yourself a favor: read this book and get enlightened!
Seems like R. Penrose and Hawking are selling more books than this SUPERIOR ANALYSIS OF THE ROOTING.
Sorry for the clowns stills depending of stupid CONJETURES without serious support!!!!!
Dr. Guillermo Martinez