The Penultimate Curiosity Hardback

How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions

by Roger Wagner;

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The Penultimate Curiosity

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When young children first begin to ask 'why?' they embark on a journey with no final destination. The need to make sense of the world as a whole is an ultimate curiosity that lies at the root of all human religions. It has, in many cultures, shaped and motivated a more down to earth scientific interest in the physical world, which could therefore be described as penultimate curiosity. These two manifestations of curiosity have a history of connection that goes back deep into the human past. Tracing that history all the way from cave painting to quantum physics, this book (a collaboration between a painter and a physical scientist that uses illustrations throughout the narrative) sets out to explain the nature of the long entanglement between religion and science: the ultimate and the penultimate curiosity.

The Penultimate Curiosity by Roger Wagner was published by Oxford University Press in February 2016 and is our 61395th best seller. The ISBN for The Penultimate Curiosity is 9780198747956.

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Page last updated 1st August 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press (February 2016)
Number of Pages512
Thickness30 mm
Height240 mm
Width168 mm
Product Code4361303
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