"More years ago than I care to reckon up, I met Richard Feynman." So begins The Language God Talks, Herman Wouk's gem on navigating the divide between science and religion. In one rich, compact volume, Wouk draws on stories from his life as well as on key events from the 20th century to address the eternal questions of why we are here, what purpose faith serves, and how scientific fact fits into the picture.
He relates wonderful conversations he's had with such scientists as Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann, Freeman Dyson, and Steven Weinberg, and brings to life such pivotal moments as the 1969 moon landing and the Challenger disaster. Brilliantly written, The Language God Talks is a scintillating and lively investigation and a worthy addition to the literature.
©2010 Herman Wouk (P)2010 Hachette
"In a crowded book market filled with self-serving and redundant theories about humankind's place in the grand scheme, it is rare to encounter an original, honest, charming voice. Such is the case with Wouk's latest work....Wouk's humility, humor and insight make the book a joy to read and a wonder to contemplate...Authentic, accessible prose mixed with real insight." (Kirkus Reviews)
Not what I expected. If you are a fan of his other works it would be interesting to see how the seed of this work was sowed years ago and hear about how he wrote the others, but there't nothing new here and it plods along. The main thesis of his views on religion aren't even in the book, but in an appendix which is a reprint from an earlier work. Not worth the time, really. . .
First, if you haven't read other Wouk books, you won't "get" or enjoy this. In spite of the title, this is not really a book about science or God. It's a book about Herman Wouk and his personal thought and growth. If you want to know what makes Wouk tick and what makes his characters tick, this is a great listen.I particularly enjoyed the breakdown of the War and Remembrance characters but that's because War and Remembrance is my favorite book of all time.
Only if you're a fan of the Wouk classics such as War and Remembrance and The Caine Mutiny.
Wouk's view of how science and religion can be reconciled (or, really, how it can't be, but doesn't need to be) is interesting.
A life-long devout Jew, Herman Wouk seeks to reconcile the unreconcilable. His narrative is anchored by three meetings with Richard Feynman wherein the physicist becomes increasingly interested in Wouk’s point of view. Wouk’s Feynman is not a consistent with the descriptions of others who knew him and seems to accept Wouk’s assertions without the questions one would expect a scientist to ask. As for his own faith, Wouk seems more to embrace the traditions of his upbringing and heritage than to articulate a certainty in the existence of the God engaged in the lives of his creations.
Savoring his major works and the resulting adulation, Wouk too often drifts to topics unrelated to either science or religion. He is a good writer and his ramblings provide a pleasant, though somewhat incoherent, diversion.
A wonderfully thought-provoking thesis on the relationship between god and science, with a hefty dose of talmudic thought mixed in. Wouk explains why he believes in god, and how he has explained that belief to some of the greatest scientific minds of the 20th century, including Richard Feynman. The narrator has a wonderful voice that brings this book to life.
Yes, but I always "hear" books. I do not read them. I bought the print version for my two daughters as they enjoy reading books.
The special and unique fabric that Wouk weaves between himself and Feynman. Wouk is a very special story teller as the thread he sews touches on cosmology, God, the culture of how we live in religion and how we see what we are capable of understanding and/or accepting in faith. It gave me the chance to relive a brief meeting I had with Feynman a half century ago.
I am a Physics and Engineering student.
I just cannot finish this one; it is just so boring to me. It takes awhile for me to give up on a book and I will continue to listen to it well after I get board, but I just could not do it. It seemed to be a collaboration of the writers random thoughts and experiences. It is not really about science or religion at all.
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