The Dancing Universe

From Creation Myths to the Big Bang

Marcelo Gleiser

Marcelo Gleiser refutes the notion that science and spirituality are irreconcilable. In The Dancing Universe, he traces mystical, philosophical, and scientific ideas about the cosmos through the past twenty-five centuries, from the ancient creation myths of numerous cultures to contemporary theories about an ever-expanding universe. He also explores the lives and ideas of history’s greatest scientists, including Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein. By exploring how scientists have unlocked the secrets of gravity, matter, time, and space, Gleiser offers fresh perspective on the debate between science and faith.

Paper: $26.95 | E-book: $20.99
ISBN-13: 9781584654667
Pages: 352 | Size: 6 in. x 9 in.
Date Published: March 3, 2005


  • I have never read a book that gives to a non-expert a clearer picture of science evolving within the culture of religion and mythology that gave it birth.

    Freeman Dyson
  • Sweeping through twenty-five centuries, Gleiser examines how mankind’s discovery of the connections between mythology, philosophy, and science brought about new cosmological insights.

    Natural History
  • Available again, with a new preface, a physicist's "exceptionally clear summary of 2,500 years of science and a fascinating account of the ways in which it often does intersect with spiritual beliefs.

    Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Marcelo Gleiser

Marcelo Gleiser, winner of the Templeton Prize, is the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a recipient of the Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House and National Science Foundation. He is the author of several books of popular science, including A Tear at the Edge of Creation, The Dancing Universe, and The Island of Knowledge. …

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