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The Resource Fire in the mind : science, faith, and the search for order, George Johnson

Fire in the mind : science, faith, and the search for order, George Johnson

Label
Fire in the mind : science, faith, and the search for order
Title
Fire in the mind
Title remainder
science, faith, and the search for order
Statement of responsibility
George Johnson
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Set among the mountains and canyonlands of northern New Mexico, George Johnson explores the human hunger for pattern, the innate drive to find (or impose) order in our capricious world. In this land of strange juxtapositions where magic and science, religion and reason, constantly bump up against each other, Johnson introduces us to an amazing diversity of people who see the world through varied lenses, who find vastly different pictures in the night sky. In the dizzying heights of the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) Mountains, the faithful flock to an old Catholic church for samples of holy soil said to cure all ills. Descending from this land of miracles to the foothills around Santa Fe, we visit a revolutionary think tank called the Santa Fe Institute. Here scientists are focusing their research on questions that seem to hover within the penumbra between science and religion: How, from the random jostling of molecules, did life arise and evolve to the point where it can contemplate its own beginnings? Are we accidents of the universe - miracles - or is there a reason for us to be here?
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BL240.2
LC item number
.J547 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Fire in the mind : science, faith, and the search for order, George Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-363) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Phaedrus's ghosts -- The depth of the atom -- The height of the sky -- The demonology of information -- The undetermined world -- The democracy of measurement -- The dawn of recognition -- The arrival of the fittest -- In search of complexity -- In the eye of the beholder
Control code
32311106
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
379 pages
Isbn
9780679411925
Lccn
94038382
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Author's inscribed presentation copy to Marc Simmons, October 22, 1995. Items laid in: 6 copied newspaper/ journal articles (in 16 parts); 2 invites addressed to Marc Simmons; 1 holiday card addressed to Marc Simmons. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)32311106
Label
Fire in the mind : science, faith, and the search for order, George Johnson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-363) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Phaedrus's ghosts -- The depth of the atom -- The height of the sky -- The demonology of information -- The undetermined world -- The democracy of measurement -- The dawn of recognition -- The arrival of the fittest -- In search of complexity -- In the eye of the beholder
Control code
32311106
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
379 pages
Isbn
9780679411925
Lccn
94038382
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Author's inscribed presentation copy to Marc Simmons, October 22, 1995. Items laid in: 6 copied newspaper/ journal articles (in 16 parts); 2 invites addressed to Marc Simmons; 1 holiday card addressed to Marc Simmons. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)32311106

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