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The Language God Talks: On Science and Religion

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

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    When mankind first left the earth I was there.

    A friendly National Geographic executive invited me to witness the liftoff of Apollo 11 from Cape Canaveral on July 16, 1969, a day when the Cape buzzed with the powerful and the famous.

    How different it was to watch an Apollo launch at the Cape, rather than on TV! No warm-voiced avuncular Walter Cronkite on the small screen, no space-suited astronaunts going off to their fate with waves and smiles, no close-ups of the towering snowy Saturn V shaft wisping vapor, no clueless interviewers killing time by badgering scientists and engineers. None of that, just a long wait under a baking Florida sun on a wooden bench in a crowded stand; the rocket gleaming white and diminutive at a safe distance, Mission Control droning from a loudspeaker overhead: "Five.four.three.two.one.We have ignition!"

    And that was it!

    The Language of God by Herman Wouk's is his gem on navigating the divide between science and religion. In one rich, compact volume, Wouk draws on stories from his life as well as on key events from the twentieth centry to address the eternal questions of why are we here, what purpose faith serves, and how scientific fact fits into the picture.

    He relates wonderful conversations he's had with scientists such as Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann, Freeman Dyson, and Steven Weinberg, and brings to life such pivotal moments as the 1969 moon landing and the Challenger disaster.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Hachette Book Groups. I found this book at times challenging because I don't really have a scientific mind, so there are times when my attention was lost in some of the details pertaining to science facts or mathematical calculations, however overall I found the book enjoyable. I learned what it was like first hand to witness the launching of the Hubble Telescope and the science race through the eyes of Mr. Wouk.

    I would recommend this book to anyone with a deep love of science, space, and a great math mind. This book takes a view of how science tries to explain religion which is a great resource for any Christian mind to have.

    If you are interested in obtaining more information about the author or the book and where you can purchase a copy, please click on the link below.
    http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/books_9780316078450.htm

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    The Language of Science

    The Language God, Talks on Science and Religion by Herman Wouk is not so much about God, but the gentle philosophical musings of the author as he looks back on his life. He writes about his meeting with a theoretical physicist, Richard Phillips Feynman, which seemed to have quite an impact on his life. The author obviously has an interest in the heavens, but in a secular way, as he discusses space exploration. He describes his witness to the liftoff of Apollo 11 and what he believes is the future of space travel.

    I was quite moved as I read his account of viewing the Dead Sea Scrolls in an underground wing of Jerusalem's Israel Museum. This was not an easy book for me to read and understand, but I will accept the blame as my own shortcoming. Herman Wouk is an intellectual - and I am not.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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