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Stephen Hawking, present occupant of the Lucasian Chair at Cambridge University, is today one of the best known theoretical cosmologists in the world. His important contributions, in collaboration with Roger Penrose, to the physics of black holes are well known, but this does not make comparable to those of Albert Einstein, as some times is affirmed in the mainstream media. In them many philosophical questions are raised but no rigorous answers are provided. In the second half of the book, chapters on the origin of science in the Christian West, the post-Renaissance scientific revolution, the true pioneers of modern physics put contemporary cosmology in a proper perspective.
Very often, contemporary theoretical cosmologists ignore the crucial contributions made in Medieval Europe to the birth of modern physics.
This book intends to bridge the gap in accessible language for the non specialist. Hawking on "A Brief History of Time", Hawking on "The Grand Design", Hawking and the Universe.
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Religious Studies, 35 , — As a new Descartes who asked the entire Europe to communicate scientific results available to him so that he could interpret them in the light of the subjectivity born from his cogito, Hegel created a science only submitted to his dialectic which was highly unscientific. And so it came about that men of science began to lay some stress on the banishment of all philosophical influence from their work; while some of them including men of the greatest acuteness went so far as to condemn philosophy altogether, not merely only as useless but as mischievous dreaming.
It is not surprising that it was mathematicians who founded the philosophy which underlies contemporary thought. Whether Husserl, who defended a thesis in mathematics with one of the greatest master in this discipline, Weierstrass, or Whitehead who was with Russell the writer of the Principia Mathematica, a logical compendium of the whole mathematical science, hoping to base permanently this science on intangible bases. The imperia of mathematics, on which contemporary thought Gian-Carlo Rota highlighted the pernicious influence in philosophy, will obviously be reflected in the thinking of Hawking who is basically a mathematician who describes phenomena related to stars.
Black holes as evidenced with another mathematician R. The position of the Church is founded on realism. Chesterton said that only she could retain a strong sense of reality that lacked much in view of the contemporary intellectual pollution. This is what has been claimed since Cardinal Barbieri asked Galileo if he could say that his assumptions were the only ones that could account for observed phenomena, to Blessed Pope John Paul II pointing out that science is only a model of reality and cannot be exhausted.
Even Phenomenology, which is the least toxic of the modern philosophic thinking is not interested in the being as such but in the way the being is grasped. Definitely, this is not realism. No wonder that a Creator subtly emerging from contemporary astrophysics would turn crazy materialists of any kind, Hawking first.
Gonzalo, brings in the field of astrophysics an important diagnostic on how these contemporary mental illnesses are no longer able to distinguish the real from its scientific modeling or even the metaphysics which they insinuate. To explain to the lay man what is being made in laboratories without making a wolf in sheep clothing is a challenge. A real makeover for the goodwill reader. Some contemporary scientists do not care about the principle of energy conservation and say seriously that the universe comes out of nothing. Of course Planck, Einstein and Lemaitre would disagree.
But they do not seem to worry in the least. This is a clear proof that nowadays nonsequiturs are easily accepted in academic circles as most serious scientific statements.
dev.center.cruises/map75.php After an introduction in which the authors review high level presentations at the Summer Course in El Escorial in which two future Nobel Prize winners, John C. Mather and George F. Chapters on the origin of science in the Christian West, the Post-Renaissance Revolution and the true pioneers of Modern Physics follow.