What Remains To Be Discovered
by John Maddox, Martin Kessler Books, The Free Press, 1230 Avenue of
the Americas, New York, NY 10020, 1999, 434 Pages
Our book of the month is a very unusual and interesting book. Its title
suggests that the book will tell us some of things that science has left
to explain. The author is the editor emeritus of Nature, a major
science magazine. The unique thing about the book is that as it explains
what remains to be discovered in science, it does a remarkable job of explaining
what we have already learned. The explanations are accurate and for the
most part understandable to the reader with some background in the sciences.
The book is divided into three areas:
This is a very useful book to all kinds of readers. God and creation are
mentioned and held up as options in a relatively neutral way. Those who
want to understand the issues in science in today's world will find the
book to be a thorough academic review of the issues. The book is totally
a scientific approach-not theological at all and with very little philosophy.
One interesting feature of the book is that as it approaches questions
that science has no answer to, God is mentioned as a possible option. Those
who want current areas of study where God's activity may be a direct cause
of what we see will find useful cases in this work. Those cases are not
a "god of the gaps" type of exercise, but a recognition that there are
some areas that science can not address.
Matter-the origins of the Cosmos and the implications of quantum
mechanics and relativity.
Life-origins of life, genetic questions, and the newest theories of evolution
Our World-studies of the brain, new developments in mathematics and computer
theory, and threats to our survival such as AIDS, global warming, and astronomical
We recommend this book as a useful contemporary resource of those issues
currently being studied in science. It will probably not be useful for
most apologetic applications, and it is not easy reading for those with
limited scientific background.
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