Exhilarating photographs and inspiring words take us on a microscopic tour of a miraculous phenomenon—the human body—leading to a sense that our existence is no accident. This photographic journey into inner space utilizes microscopic imagery to document the beautiful and mysterious realm of the tiniest components of human life—brain waves, nerve endings, cell structures, acid crystals—revealing a symmetry, a perfection, and, ultimately, a revelation. Illuminating quotes from the finest literary and scientific ...
Exhilarating photographs and inspiring words take us on a microscopic tour of a miraculous phenomenon—the human body—leading to a sense that our existence is no accident. This photographic journey into inner space utilizes microscopic imagery to document the beautiful and mysterious realm of the tiniest components of human life—brain waves, nerve endings, cell structures, acid crystals—revealing a symmetry, a perfection, and, ultimately, a revelation. Illuminating quotes from the finest literary and scientific minds—Pasteur, Tolstoy, Einstein, St. Augustine, Thoreau, Darwin, just to name a few—support the idea that science may prove to be a path to God and that the human brain itself, through what researchers are now calling its “spirituality circuit,” is wired to lead us to that path.With an introduction by Wall Street Journal science editor Sharon Begley, Inside the Mind of God promises to provide further insight into the abiding question: why is there something, rather than nothing? Three years ago Michael Reagan’s best-selling book The Hand of God juxtaposed photographs of spiraling galaxies, shimmering nebulae, and luminous stars with the words of great scientists and philosophers to suggest the profound link between the scientific and the spiritual. Inside the Mind of God , continues this journey, now into inner space. The stunning photographs and inspiring quotes create a sense of wonder and awe in the miraculous evidence of God’s hand in the smallest details of our existence. Michael Reagan is the president and founder of Lionheart Books. Before that, he was the head of Turner Publishing, where he was responsible for a number of bestsellers such as Moonshot, Dinotopia, and Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book . He is a graduate of Georgia State University. He and his wife live in Atlanta, Georgia with their three children.Sharon Begley is the science editor of the The Wall Street Journal and was formerly a senior editor at Newsweek magazine for twenty-five years. She and her husband live in Pelham, New York, with their son and daughter.
"You can observe a lot just by watching," remarked Yoga Berra, and he was most likely only referring to what one can see with the naked eye. There's a world of intricate beauty to be found beneath human skin, and in this compact and brilliantly illustrated book, Reagan presents mesmerizing color photographs of DNA samples, crystals of progesterone, leukemia blood cells, X chromosomes, cancer cells, embryos and other wonders of inner space. In the introduction, Wall Street Journal science editor Sharon Begley discusses different views of God's presence in nature. For the past 150 years, she says, some people have seen evidence in nature of God's mind, while others adhere to the Darwinian tenet that nature as we know it has arisen by chance, random mutation. Begley herself infers a sacredness in nature even apart from any consideration of God. The book-largely images-leaves the reader to decide. In these fantastic photographs, nerve cells in the human cerebral cortex look like a tangle of overgrown vines; sperm clustered over a human embryo are reminiscent of sea urchins and anemones; methionine (an amino acid) resembles a dorm-room psychedelic poster; the influenza virus appears as a Rastafarian's colorful hat; and female sex chromosomes look like dancing yellow snakes. Quotes from the Bible, scientists, novelists, philosophers, spiritual leaders and others give perspective to the images, while captions provide scientific details. Two main forces-birth and decay-are on display here, and the images and text should resonate with readers dealing with either. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
MICHAEL REAGAN is the eldest son of President Ronald Reagan. He serves on the board for The John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation, and has authored many successful books including his bestselling autobiography, On the Outside Looking In. He lives with his wife in California.
JIM DENNEY has written over eighty books and collaborated with many authors, including with Michael Reagan.