The Probability of God: A Simple Calculation That Proves the Ultimate Truth

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Does God exist?

This is probably the most debated question in the history of mankind. Scholars, scientists, and philosophers have spent their lifetimes trying to prove or disprove the existence of God, only to have their theories crucified by other scholars, scientists, and philosophers. Where the debate breaks down is in the ambiguities and colloquialisms of language. But, by using a universal, unambiguous language—namely, mathematics—can this question finally be answered ...

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Overview

Does God exist?

This is probably the most debated question in the history of mankind. Scholars, scientists, and philosophers have spent their lifetimes trying to prove or disprove the existence of God, only to have their theories crucified by other scholars, scientists, and philosophers. Where the debate breaks down is in the ambiguities and colloquialisms of language. But, by using a universal, unambiguous language—namely, mathematics—can this question finally be answered definitively? That’s what Dr. Stephen Unwin attempts to do in this riveting, accessible, and witty book, The Probability of God.

At its core, this groundbreaking book reveals how a math equation developed more than 200 years ago by noted European philosopher Thomas Bayes can be used to calculate the probability that God exists. The equation itself is much more complicated than a simple coin toss (heads, He’s up there running the show; tails, He’s not). Yet Dr. Unwin writes with a clarity that makes his mathematical proof easy for even the nonmathematician to understand and a verve that makes his book a delight to read. Leading you carefully through each step in his argument, he demonstrates in the end that God does indeed exist.

Whether you’re a devout believer and agree with Dr. Unwin’s proof or are unsure about all things divine, you will find this provocative book enlightening and engaging.

“One of the most innovative works [in the science and religion movement] is The Probability of God...An entertaining exercise in thinking.”—Michael Shermer, Scientific American

“Unwin’s book [is] peppered with wry, self-deprecating humor that makes the scienti?c discussions more accessible...Spiritually inspiring.”--Chicago Sun Times

“A pleasantly breezy account of some complicated matters well worth learning about.”--Philadelphia Inquirer

“One of the best things about the book is its humor.”--Cleveland Plain Dealer

“In a book that is surprisingly lighthearted and funny, Unwin manages to pack in a lot of facts about science and philosophy.”--Salt Lake Tribune

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Paul Davies
Stephen Unwin has pulled off the seemingly impossible-a profound and instructive discussion of God delivered in an entertaining, witty and no-nonsense style. His quirky prose conceals a wealth of information about science, religion and the grounds for rational belief. He bypasses the indulgent obscurantism so characteristic of contemporary theological writing and goes straight to the heart of the matter: Is belief in God a reasonable deduction given the evidence? That Unwin can achieve this with minimal mathematics is a testimony to his incisive mind and impressive writing skills. (Templeton Prize winner and author of The Mind of God and The Cosmic Blueprint)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400054787
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/26/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,079,660
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen D. Unwin, Ph.D., received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester for his research in the field of quantum gravity. Dr. Unwin has written for New Scientist, among other influential scientific journals. Formerly the technical attaché to the United States Department of Energy for the British government, he is president of his own consulting firm, specializing in risk management for various Fortune 100 clients. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2003

    Good God

    I really loved this book. It seems to be a completely revolutionary way (at least to me) of looking at belief in God. There is a math part to it, but the author is very good at explaining it. I wish he'd been my math teacher. On top of all this, the book is really very funny. He seems able to work in the humor at the same time as keeping the serious theme moving along. My guess is that this book will open up a whole new line of enquiry into God and religious beliefs.

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