The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew '

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The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew by Alan Lightman is a compilation of ideas and theories about the universe, how it began, and how it may end. The book consists of seven different sections, each discussing a different characteristic of the universe- accidental, temporary, spiritual, symmetrical, gargantuan, lawful, and disembodied. In summary, the book discusses questions that are often asked about the universe, along with different theories, ideas, and recent discoveries. In each section, he addresses a different trait or habit of the universe, like the possibility of the universe being an accident, or how everything seems to always be symmetrical. Lightman also discusses some of his personal opinions in the book.…show more content…
It baffles me how everything in the universe could come together so perfectly, with such symmetry and such complexity. It’s very interesting to read or hear about someone’s opinion on the subject, which is why I really liked this book. The facts in the book are extremely thought-provoking, and have taught me many interesting things, including simple facts about simple things, to facts and theories about how everything was formed, and how everything works together. I have learned and thought about so many more things with this book than any other book I have read. The book is related to science because it discusses a lot of physics, science, math, and some psychology. The psychology part is mostly related to the physics and science components, because Lightman discusses what drives us to find the answers to questions about the universe and the world. Most of my favorite parts of the book are the sections where he discusses math and symmetry, and how math can be applied to practically anything in this universe, and beyond this
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