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The Sacred Depths of Nature

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For many of us, the great scientific discoveries of the modern age--the Big Bang, evolution, quantum physics, relativity--point to an existence that is bleak, devoid of meaning, pointless. But in The Sacred Depths of Nature, eminent biologist Ursula Goodenough shows us that the scientific world view need not be a source of despair. Indeed, it can be a wellspring of solace and hope.

This eloquent volume reconciles the modern scientific understanding of reality with our timeless spiritual yearnings for reverence and continuity. Looking at topics such as evolution, emotions, sexuality, and death, Goodenough writes with rich, uncluttered detail about the workings of nature in general and of living creatures in particular. Her luminous clarity makes it possible for even non-scientists to appreciate that the origins of life and the universe are no less meaningful because of our increasingly scientific understanding of them. At the end of each chapter, Goodenough's spiritual reflections respond to the complexity of nature with vibrant emotional intensity and a sense of reverent wonder.

A beautifully written celebration of molecular biology with meditations on the spiritual and religious meaning that can be found at the heart of science, this volume makes an important contribution to the ongoing dialog between science and religion. This book will engage anyone who was ever mesmerized--or terrified--by the mysteries of existence.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [175]-182) and index.

About the Author

Ursula Goodenough is Professor of Biology at Washington University. One of America's leading cell biologists, she is the author of a bestselling textbook on genetics, and has served as President of the American Society of Cell Biology and of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and in Chilmark, Massachusetts, on Martha's Vineyard.

Table of Contents

1. Origins of the Earth

2. Origins of Life

3. How Life Works

4. How an Organism Works

5. How Evolution Works

6. The Evolution of Biodiversity

7. Awareness

8. Emotions and Meaning

9. Sex

10. Sexuality

11. Multicellularity and Death

12. Speciation

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195136296
Author:
Goodenough, Ursula
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Ursula
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Life sciences -- History.
Subject:
Environmental Engineering & Technology
Subject:
Philosophy of Biology
Subject:
Environmental - General
Subject:
Life Sciences | History and Philosophy of Biology
Subject:
Life Sciences | History & Philosophy of Biology
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Copyright:
Series Volume:
104-847
Publication Date:
20000631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 line illus
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
5.300 x 7.900 in 0.375 lb

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