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.

Cover Image of The Dancing Universe: From Creation Myths to the Big Bang
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 is Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College. He is also the author of The Prophet and the Astronomer: A Scientific Journey to the End of Time (2002).

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