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The Language God Talks
On Science and Religion

by Herman Wouk


Herman Wouk's work of non-fiction, The Language God Talks: On Science and Religion, begins with an epigraph from a man for whom Wouk had the utmost admiration, Richard Feynman:

"It doesn't seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all the these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all of this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil—which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama."

Wouk reasoned that God's language was a mixture of science and religion. This created a conflict for the reader because the author admitted he was an atheist. When Feynman told Wouk he must learn calculus because God used the language of calculus, Wouk theorized that yes God did talk calculus in a religious way.

This aspect was most entertaining and informative, but Wouk wrote about different stages of his life that seemed to have little to do with the theme that introduced the book. But, the material is so well written and informative that readers are likely to overlook this shortcoming.

This is a book that will appeal to readers who have a hard time reconciling the differences in the scientific and religious explanations of the universe. If nothing else, this is a fun book to read.

The Book

Little, Brown and Company / an imprint of Hachette Book Group
April 5, 2010
031607845X / 978-0316078450
Nonfiction / Religion / Science
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The Reviewer

Willie Elliott
Reviewed 2010
NOTE: Reviewer Willie Elliott is's "Before the Title" columnist, covering non-fiction books and related subjects.
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