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What is the key to the truth and power of science? Would a theory of everything disprove the soul? Is matter all there is? Can I keep science and my common sense? Can we travel back in time? Is it evolution or creation or .? Will scientists ever make a man? Will we ever create artificial intelligence? If so, what does that say about my worth? What is the ultimate source of our intellectual malaise? Anthony Rizzi, a distinguished physicist, answers these questions and more. "What a terrific book ...The time is now. Philosophers, scientists, and the educated reader will profit enormously from this book." -Ralph McInerny University of Notre Dame philosophy professor, Gifford Lecturer "There is a pressing need for Anthony Rizzi's book, which reveals the link between science and man's deepest questions in a bold, clear and truthful way. His book is full of insights that readers will relish and want to read again and again to plumb their depths." -Marcus Grodi, host of The Journey Home, EWTN "The Science Before Science .provides much needed perspective." -Joseph Martin Chief Scientist, Planetary Science Lab (retired), Lockheed Martin
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.28" Width: 6.44" Height: 1.18" Weight: 1.7 lbs.
Release Date Jun 23, 2004
ISBN 1418465038 ISBN13 9781418465032
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Amazing, packed with Science and Wisdom Mar 8, 2008
Having majored in Neuroscience with a year of lab experience as a research associate, I can say everything I know was represented fairly and accurately in this amazing book. The Science Before Science is packed with the best of modern science and the science before it, philosophy. Dr. Rizzi clearly lays out all the things we know before we come to do modern science, then he elucidates the incredible findings of modern science. In so doing, he demonstrates an uncanny ability to think clearly about modern science and the science before it, revealing his love(philia) of wisdom (sophia). The book is not about history, as one reviewer strangely thought; nor, as the same reviewer even more strangely thought, is it about religion. In fact, that same reviewer appears to demonstrate the modern confusion between knowledge and belief, which Dr. Rizzi lucidly deals with in the first two short chapters! Dr. Rizzi clearly points out that knowledge comes before belief, not the other way around. In fact, much of the book extols the thinking of "pagans" such as Aristotle. We need, as the book reminds us, to trace all our knowledge back to the physical world.
In reading this book one can begin to glimpse how Dr. Rizzi might, as he actually did, solve an 80 year old problem in Einstein's theory of general relativity. If that achievement and this book are any indication of things to come, I can't wait to hear more about his science... and the science before it.
Not Science Mar 8, 2008
This book is not about science. It is religion masking itself as science. A more honest title would have been "The religion before science". I just heard him being interviewed on the Catholic religious channel EWTN and he explained how when human sperm and egg cells join a soul is created/affixed to them. Science doesn't have much to say about religion, Dr. Rizzi should try not saying much about science. I found his description of Koko (the signing gorilla) embarrassing, he kept referring to her as a "he". Dr. Rizzi would have been more believable if he had at least researched the topic enough to learn the gender of the animal that he was describing.
I'm not meaning to attack any religion or philosophy but simply make clear that this book is religious/philosophical and is in no way a history of science as the title alludes.
Good Jul 10, 2007
A nice antidote for those scientists who seem to think that philosophy only consists of Popper's principle of falsifiability.
Do yourself, your family and the future a big favor; be sure to buy this book Apr 27, 2007
What can you say about a book that reunites the everyday experience of our lives of our common sense and reasonable observations with the sometimes jarringly unlikely claims of some scientists about the nature of reality.
Does the great 'relative' distance from electrons to protons really mean that everything in the universe is really mostly just a vast meaningless near emptiness? More likely Rizzi says is that the scientist forget his real life sized self conducting a real lifesized experiment with real-life sized equipment?
"Possible universes" emerging when you observe a particle for momentum rather than location? Bizarre. No thank you, it's time for a few weeks of vacation and don't bring the calculator! Such errors in interpretation of data follow when your guiding philosophical common-sense principles get forgotten while a scientist is emerged in remote calculations. Do equations really fully 'explain' things like motion, matter? Er, no. Materialism has no basis in science.
What about the spiritual, free will, the intellect...just atoms banging into each other randomly? A quarkfest? An old idea, that misses something remarkable about the difference between sensing and knowing. Rizzi's insights are exciting.
Isn't it possible and maybe even very likely that God brings about creation at the quantum level? This level transcends our means to know exactly but reduces us to probabilities or "chance"? Isn't 'chance' just another way of saying ' I've reached the limit of my ability to know this particular matter exactly and am reduced to probable results.' Nature transcends our ability to completely know it scientifically.
Dr Rizzi clarifies this sometimes confused and conflicted world of science where mere mathematical calculations are too readily given ontological status as if the numbers explained themselves. They don't.
It is the real world of experience and sound starting principles, the science before science, that allows human intelligence to follow faithfully in its scientific and metaphysical journey.
If you have kids, you will love this book, for it provides a coherent intellectual apprehension of reality, a universe not stripped of all that is finest in the human and divine. Rather consider how God might operate in evolution as the efficient cause in a universe that has led to consciousness and intelligence. Good science, good philosophy, good foundations for an integrated religious sense of the wonder of being.
One doesn't have to accept the type of intelligent design theory like that recently argued in a Pennsylvania court to show how God can and likely does operate in his creation and evolution in ways that are of course consistent with the valuable insights of good science. Intelligent Design is so obvious in things that one is naturally and reasonably religious.
What Dr Rizzi does is give us the way to integrate it all, God and the world of experience and the good science that should flow naturally from sound philosophical guiding principles. We can avoid 17th century errors of arbitray materialism and blinding idealism that still afflict the scientific and philosophical enterprise.
You owe it to yourself to get this book for yourself and those you care about. It is a true and faithful guide to thinking in the 21st century and as another reviewer pointed out, it is geared to include a wide readership from high-schoolers to Phd's.
You'll love this unique book and be very, very happy you bought it.
What everybody should know and all have forgotten Nov 9, 2006
It must be stated that one needs to acquire a certain way of thinking (or perhaps tap into a prior unused part of the brain) to follow the scenic route Anthony Rizzi takes you on the way to wisdom. Once you've got the hang of it, it is a singular experience. The book explains a lot (if not all), but foremost why nobody, including scientists and students alike, shouldn't confuse the hardware with the software. Brilliant stuff!