The Accidental Universe….The World You Thought You Knew

Books | by IBC Reviews | 07.15.2015

By Alan Lightman


I’m uncertain if there is another scientist that can write empirical prose infused with the magic of our physical experience; unless, perhaps, you consider Thoreau a scientist.


It’s a big book that can be read in one sitting. I suggest that you ingest it slowly and give your psyche a gift. Norman Kay, CEO IBC Shell


Inside: “I don’t know why we long so for permanence, why the fleeting nature of things so disturbs. We visit and revisit the old neighborhood. We clutch our old photographs. Yet, in every nook and cranny nature screams at the top of her lungs that nothing lasts, that it is all passing away.”


“Years ago when I was a graduate student in physics, I was introduced to the concept of the “well-posed problem”: A question that can be stated with enough clarity and precision that it is guaranteed an answer. Scientists are always working on well-posed problems. But artists and humanists often don’t care what the answer is because definite answers don’t exist to all interesting and important questions.”