The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos: Humanity and the New Story

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Overview

What does it mean to be human, to live on planet Earth, in the universe as it is now understood? In The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos best-selling author and mathematical cosmologist Brian Swimme takes us on a journey through the cosmos in search of the "new story" that is developing in answer to this age-old question. The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos opens up not only the exhilarating truths that science reveals of the birth of the universe, but how these truths can transform our lives. In such a view the cosmos appears as awesome and meaningful, its dynamics revelatory, and in this revelation can be found the wisdom humanity needs to face and overcome its present crises, particularly the soul-numbing consumerism that threatens to overwhelm not only individuals, families or societies, but the Earth itself. The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos helps us to grasp the larger significance of the human enterprise in this evolving university. Upon meeting that challenge rests much of the vitality of Earth community, and the future quality of life, for ourselves and our children.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570752810
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 475,317
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Way of Cosmology 1
2 A Three-Hundred-Thousand-Year Lineage 8
3 The Whirling Solar System 21
4 Cosmology and Ecstasy 31
5 The Sun as the Center 38
6 Looking Down on the Milky Way 45
7 The Large-Scale Structure of Space and Time 55
8 The Story Came to Us 63
9 Nighttime and Cosmic Rebirth 67
10 The Place Where the Universe Began 75
11 A Multiplicity of Centers 80
12 Where Did the Universe Come From? 90
13 All-Nourishing Abyss 97
14 Einstein's Awakening 105
15 The Center of the Cosmos 110
Index 113
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