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God and the Atom

by Victor J. Stenger

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Makes the point that the completely confirmed hypothesis of atomism, from ancient times (Leucippus, Democritus, Epicurus, Lucretius) to the present day, has been closely related to naturalism and recognition of the falsity of religion, while anti-atomism was often a hallmark of the myth-and-mysticism crowd. The bulk of the book consists of a very good survey of the results of fundamental physics, right up to the discovery of the Higgs boson.
  fpagan | Sep 28, 2013 |
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This history of atomism, from Democritus to the recent discovery of the Higgs boson, chronicles one of the most successful scientific hypotheses ever devised, making the case that in the final analysis, atoms and the void are all that exists. Originating separately in both ancient Greece and India, the concept of the atom persisted for centuries, despite often running afoul of conventional thinking. Until the twentieth century, no direct evidence for atoms existed. Today it is possible to actually observe atoms using a scanning tunneling microscope. While theists today accept that the evidence for the atomic theory of matter is overwhelming, they reject the atheistic implications of that theory.… (more)

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