Playing Scales: Scanning and Sizing the Universe and Everything in It
By: Harold Toliver
About the Book
Like its predecessor, Mythic Worlds and the One You Can Believe In, Playing Scales puts common concepts, measurements, and comprehensive views of world history in the context of the natural continuum. Its dimensions, extent, history, and atomic matter determinism pose difficulties in adjusting things human to it. We need to understand what that is. Only then can we adjust beliefs and concepts of human history to it. The composite picture frames such other disciplines as anthropology, paleontology, philosophy, and religion. It provides a framework for cultural histories from their origin to their current state.
About the Author
Harold Toliver is a retired professor of literature at the University of California Irvine. His main goal since retiring has been to improve the links between the humanities, mostly their philosophy and literature, and the sciences. In this book the latter are mainly physics from quarks to quasars, cosmology, and astronomy. What these and other disciplines say about the nearly fourteen-billion-year history of atomic matter and natural history is established well enough to be used as a guide to getting other pursuits in perspective.
(2021, paperback, 356 pages)