"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.
"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)
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Must read if you're a big Wouk Fan
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.