This little book--intelligent, provocative, and respectful of a range of views--shows how a modern scientist can support both
evolution and intelligent design and, more generally, offers a meeting place for science and religion. -- Alan Lightman In
God's Universe Owen Gingerich makes the case that the probability is miraculously minute, first, that a planet hospitable
to life could form after the Big Bang and, second, that once it had formed, intelligent life could develop there. Whether
one agrees or disagrees, one will learn from this beautifully presented account of the relevant astronomy and physics. But
that isn't all; Gingerich's reflections (as a liberal Christian) on the theological significance of all this are sensitive
and deep. A truly fascinating read. -- Hilary Putnam This is a timely and important book. In contrast to the shrill dogmatics
on both sides of the current intelligent design debate, Gingerich offers a sweeping and authoritative account of our continuing
encounter with, and understanding of, the Universe of which we find ourselves a part. Meticulous in its scholarship, humane
in its approach, generous in its tone, restrained in its assertions, but audacious in its scope, this little book is a solid
and significant contribution to the ongoing debate. -- Frank Rhodes, President Emeritus, Cornell University Writing in a
style that is accessible and laced with interesting historical anecdote, Owen Gingerich uses his expertise in astronomy and
its history, together with the insights of his Christian faith, to give a well-argued account of humanity's place in the cosmos.
-- Reverend Dr. John Polkinghorne I have always felt the words should be "Science and Religion"--not "Science or Religion."
Owen Gingerich offers both intellectual heft and spiritual stamina to back up that claim. This slim volume will pay rich dividends
to the seeking mind and the longing soul. -- Dr. Tim Johnson