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Why Science Does Not Disprove God

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Book Number: 
668
Date Fred Read: 
September 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Amir Aczel
Total Pages: 
253
Publisher: 
William Morrow
Year: 
2015

Amir Aczel, PhD, wrote the international bestseller Fermat’s Last Theorem, published in 28 languages. He has received a Sloan Foundation grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has published articles in Discover and Scientific American magazines and in the NYT and WSJ newspapers.

The website for this paperback book is

https://www.amazon.com/Why-Science-Does-Not-Disprove/dp/0062230603/ref=m...

The home page has a brief summary. Scroll down the home page takes you to a “Starred Review” from Booklist. Scrolling further down is more good information ‘About the Author.’ The home page has several words of praise. More words of praise can be read using the “Look inside” option. Scrolling down further takes you to a list of books by Amir Aczel. Further down is the 2-pp Contents.

I recommend next to click on the Kindle edition because it gives you all of the 6-pp Introduction, which is followed by a 2-pp list of the 35 names of prominent scientists with whom Amir Aczel had Interviews and Discussions. (This feature is one I wish more authors or editors would do.) Many of these names are known to me through their articles in science magazines and/or or books. After this comes the 14-pp Prologue: The Birth of the New Atheism. Amazon’s Kindle preview ends near the bottom of the ninth page of this Preview. I highly recommend reading these nine pages, for they explain enough information about the ‘New Atheists’ (some of whom call themselves the ‘bright’, but I see then as a ‘blight’ on science. In these first nine pages Amir Aczel explains in a clear fashion why the main problem with the blights is that they really don’t know much about modern science, so their main error in believing that they have made a convincing case for non-belief of God. Aczel points this out in some detail. In philosophy and theology, the idea that ‘the failure to prove God exists means that God doesn’t exist.’ They have it backwards, as many philosophers agree that ‘the absence of evidence does not prove the absence of existence.’ Some say it with fewer words: ‘The absence of proof is not the proof of absence’ But many find this shorter wording to be harder to understand. I’ve found that many, if not most, philosophers usually prefer long sentences to short ones.

I have read science articles by Amir Aczel in the magazines Scientific American, New Scientist, and American Science as well as the science emails I get from the above three and from other sources. This is the first book from him that I’ve read (so far). I enjoyed this book very much and I rate it at five stars.

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