The Universe in A Single Atom

The Universe in A Single Atom

The Convergence of Science and Spirituality

Large Print - 2005
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Gallileo, Copernicus, Newton, Niels Bohr, Einstein. Their insights shook our perception of who we are and where we stand in the world and in their wake have left an uneasy co-existence: science vs. religion, faith vs. empirical enquiry. Which is the keeper of truth? Which is the true path to understanding reality?
After forty years of study with some of the greatest scientific minds as well as a lifetime of meditative, spiritual and philosophical study, the Dalai Lama presents a brilliant analysis of why both disciplines must be pursued in order to arrive at a complete picture of the truth. Science shows us ways of interpreting the physical world, while spirituality helps us cope with reality. But the extreme of either is impoverishing. The belief that all is reducible to matter and energy leaves out a huge range of human experience: emotions, yearnings, compassion, culture. At the same time, holding unexamined spiritual beliefs-beliefs that are contradicted by evidence, logic, and experience-can lock us into fundamentalist cages.
Through an examination of Darwinism and karma, quantum mechanics and philosophical insight into the nature of reality, neurobiology and the study of consciousness, the Dalai Lama draws significant parallels between contemplative and scientific examination of reality. I believe that spirituality and science are complementary but different investigative approaches with the same goal of seeking the truth, His Holiness writes. In this, there is much each may learn from the other, and together they may contribute to expanding the horizon of human knowledge and wisdom.
This breathtakingly personal examination is a tribute to the Dalai Lama's teachers-both of science and spirituality. The legacy of this book is a vision of the world in which our different approaches to understanding ourselves, our universe and one another can be brought together in the service of humanity.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2005.
Edition: First large print edition
ISBN: 9780375728457
Branch Call Number: 294.3365 Bst
Characteristics: 294 pages


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Sep 02, 2017

I always heard and saw glimpses of the Dalai Lama in the media now and then and wanted to hear his thoughts in a very properly titled book that would appeal to this century's science dominated society.
The book's prologue made it clear on the direction of the book and I did associate myself to his curiosity with science and technology. I would say any kid would show curiosity to a smart phone or any other gadget.
I found that the author was trying to appease the scientific community with the tremendous domination it has in our everyday lives. In this process, he kept bringing in the Buddhist philosophy trying to reconcile with science.
I did find him to be brave to admit the missing elements in his faith with the discoveries in science and for him to say that Buddhism needs an updating with this newly revealed evidences from science.
What struck me was his explanation of why the Buddha refused to answer some questions such as relating to the origin of the universe. Oh well.
Some good points brought up particularly to existence and consciousness however not strong enough as his philosophy prevents to go and delve further into the origin.

sundanced Jul 12, 2017

A compelling look at science and religion from one of the most inspirational world leaders of our time--the Dalai Lama. A wonderful read!!

BPLNextBestAdults Jan 05, 2012

In spite of his initial isolation, the Dalai Lama’s deep curiosity has enabled him to enjoy and grasp the intricacies of modern science. In this unique book, he summarizes recent scientific discussions. Comparing Buddhist thought theories to quantum physics & relativity, astronomy, evolution & cloning, brain function & consciousness, he finds much that is similar as well as some differences in approach and emphasis.. He finds similarities between the Eastern concepts of the "philosophy of emptiness" and particle physics. This book offers a perceptive and insightful account by a religious leader who not only respects science but embraces it. This is an extraordinary book by a remarkable man.

LudditeLord Nov 08, 2011

Who knew that Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle was similar to Buddhism's Theory of Emptiness!


Add Notices

LudditeLord Dec 21, 2011

Other: Thinking may cause your brain to hurt.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at OPL

To Top