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Einstein’s God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit

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Date Fred Read: 
October 2018
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Krista Tippett
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Penguin Group

Krista Tippett, a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and NYT bestselling author, received in 2014 the National Humanities Medal at the White House. She is the host of NPR’s On Being. (I’ve read her three books.)

I bought the 2010 paperback edition whose front cover has a photo of her and has the names of the 13 people she covers in this book. (Click on image 3 of the paperback edition's 'Look inside' to see the nice cover my book has.) But I give here Amazon’s Kindle edition since it extends to the end of her Introduction without any gaps:

[None of the ISBN-10, ISBN-13, or ASIN numbers on Amazon’s websites for the three editions (Kindle, hardcover, or paperback) are recognized by Amazon, thus the ‘no image Circle' appears. I think this new change by Amazon is not good. However, you can see the images of this book's covers at the website above.]

The home page has a reasonable summary of the book’s contents. All of the ‘Top customer reviews’ on Amazon’s home page are too brief to be of value, so I don’t refer to any of them. I recommend you use the paperback ‘Look inside’ option and scroll down to the 2-pp Table of Contents, which includes the names of the person or persons for each chapter. I suggest this because the Kindle Table of Contents does not include these names.

Of these 13 people, I have read books by six of them: Freeman Dyson, Paul Davies, V.V. Raman, Michael McCullough, Parker Palmer, and John Polkinghorne. I have met at physics meetings and dined with Freeman Dyson and Paul Davies. A good friend brought V.V Raman with him for two meetings in my home to discuss religion/science interactions. I had exchanged letters with Parker Palmer about two of his books. My face-to-face interactions with Dyson and Davies were focused on the current issues in physics. I mention this here because seeing their names in this book delighted me.

I strongly recommend reading Krista Tippett’s 13-pp Introduction. She ‘casts a wide net’ for people to have dialogues with on her radio program, NPR’s On Being. As for this book, for the six people I knew due to our common interests, she discussed with them topics that I was familiar with as well as topics that I was not familiar with. Thus this was a plus because I enjoyed having an expansion of their thoughts. As for the seven people that I was not familiar with, I enjoyed having an introduction and/or expansion of their thoughts. Her discussions of the ten chapter’s topics were well done. I got the clear impression that she was well prepared for each topic and each interviewee.

On the whole (that is, all ten topics/chapters) I was very glad to have read this book. I rate this book 777 – Einstein’s God – at five stars. It could be considered as a collection of ten independent essays. At the end of the book she has a 3-pp section ‘About the Interviewees’ that includes the titles of one or more books by each Interviewee. This is just enough information in my opinion to keep me from rating it at four stars as I did for her book 776 – Becoming Wise. Book 776 had a serious lack of references to specific works by the person(s) with whom she had on her program or whose names came up in book 776.