As the crowd stood and applauded for the neurophysiologist Du Bois-Reymond’s lecture on August 14, 1872, they did not know that his lecture on the seven riddles of the universe would be long remembered. Scientists at the time believed that science could unlock all of the mysteries of the universe. However, the scientific revolution of the early 20th century fueled by relativity and quantum mechanics would upend the scientific world confirming Du Bois-Reymond’s insights. This book explores the brilliance of Du Bois-Reymond’s life and work and a vastly expanded scientific understanding of these riddles through the modern disciplines of physics, chemistry, and biology. Despite the progress, underlying metaphysical notions still haunt the riddles. Utilizing notions from Whitehead’s Process Philosophy, the author delves into the underlying structure of our universe and outlines the nature of the deity that emerges.
Part two of this book examines the riddles consequent demands on theology and religion through the lens of the extraordinary teacher, philosopher, and theologian William DeWitt Hyde. The author clarifies notions about miracles, immortality, and wisdom. This book takes the reader on a vivid, imaginative journey towards unraveling the mysteries of our existence, roles in society, and personal loyalties.
Alexander Mazziotti holds both a medical degree from Rutgers University and a PhD in chemical physics from Penn State University. Dr. Mazziotti’s publications cover numerous fields including quantum chemistry, quantum physics, physiology, cardiology, endocrinology and gastroenterology. His practice of internal medicine and cardiology is located in Hawthorne, New Jersey.
Part I: Unraveling the Seven Riddles of the Universe
Chapter 1: Emil Du Bois: Reymond the Man and his Work
Chapter 2: Riddle 1: Ultimate Nature of Matter, Force, and Energy
Chapter 3: Riddle 2: The Origin of Motion
Chapter 4: Riddle 3: The Origin of Life
Chapter 5: Riddle 4: Teleology and a Preordained Purpose in Our Lives
Chapter 6: Process Philosophy and Theology
Chapter 7: Riddles 5 and 6: Origin of Sensation, Consciousness, Reasoning, and Language
Chapter 8: Riddle 7: Free Will
Chapter 9: The Second Tier Riddles
Chapter 10: Final Thoughts on the Riddles
Part II: Two Theologies for the Seven Riddles of the Universe
Chapter 11: What is Religion/Theology?
Chapter 12: Alfred North Whitehead Life and Works Part 2
Chapter 13: DeWitt Hyde Life and Works
Chapter 14: Process Theology Further Analysis
Chapter 15: Social Theology
Chapter 16: Comparison of the two Theologies
Chapter 17: Science versus Religion
Chapter 18: Religion’s Trajectory
Chapter 19: Miracles and Immortality
Chapter 20: Wisdom
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