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On Being

A Scientist’s Exploration of the Great Questions of Existence

By Peter Atkins
12-minute read
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On Being: A Scientist’s Exploration of the Great Questions of Existence by Peter Atkins

On Being makes the case for the superiority of the scientific method over religion and mysticism in studying the great questions of existence. Even in those cases where science is not yet able to replace every aspect of religious belief with objective facts, On Being suggests that it’s just a matter of time before they do.

  • Religious people who want to understand their ideological rivals in science
  • Anybody interested in the philosophy of science
  • Anybody who likes to contemplate the meaning of life

Peter Atkins is a British chemist and professor emeritus of Oxford University. In addition to having written a multitude of chemistry textbooks, he has also published numerous pieces of popular science literature. He is also an outspoken atheist and humanist, as well as the first Senior Member of the Oxford University Secular Society.

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