Jun 12, 2010

The Language God Talks by Herman Wouk

"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 scientists such 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. 


Herman Wouk's acclaimed books include The Will to Live On, This Is My God, Pulitzer Prize winner The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance.

You can listen to an excerpt here.


The Language God Talks by Herman Wouk is a little book, so much smaller than most of Herman Wouk's better known novels. It shouldn't take long to read, but unfortunately it was an extremely difficult book for me to finish. Initially, I was very interested in reviewing this book, and was looking forward to a well known author's spin on Science and Religion.

If you enjoy science and mathematics, and like to be challenged in what you believe, then you will probably enjoy this book. It does not give any pat answers, but rather poses lots of questions. I can see this book being used to spark lots of group discussions in the scientific world.

I received a copy of this book from Hachette Books in exchange for my honest review.

The Language God Talks: On Science and Religion
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (April 5 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 031607845X
ISBN-13: 978-0316078450

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