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We see these two elements used in the pyramid texts, which come from Egypt around the year B. They refer to the creation of the world in order to guarantee the vigor of the glorified king, buried in an artificial primeval hill. On this hill, Atum, the creator god took his stand:.

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O Atum-Kheper, you who were on high on the primeval hill! You did arise as the ben -bird of the ben -stone in the ben -house in Heliopolis. You did spit out what was Shu, you did sputter out what was Tefnut. You did put your arms around them as the arms of a ka, for your ka was in them. Such puns are not funny: In the resemblance of words to one another lie the deepest secrets of the universe, the Egyptians thought.

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We are reminded both of the power of naming in the Sumerian story, and of the power of common mathematical forms, in modern physics, to point us to the deep realities of nature. Again, we are reminded of the creation of matter and anti-matter at the moment of the Big Bang, which we expected to be created in equal proportions, but were not, making for an outstanding puzzle in modern cosmology.

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For most Westerners, the most familiar myth of the creation, even a canonical account, is verses one through eight in Genesis. It is therefore hard to hear the words in their original meanings. An examination of the opening lines of the Hebrew text, however, reveals parallels with the creation myth of ancient Mesopotamia:. In the beginning, when Elohim created the heaven and the earth, the earth was a formless and unbounded mass, with darkness covering its fluid chaos and with a wind from Elohim sweeping over it. Elohim saw the goodness of the light and separated it from the darkness.

In the Mesopotamian and Egyptian accounts, the great elements of nature are gods, whereas in the monotheistic Hebrew account the powers that made the world are stripped of personal names and attributes.

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This usage probably descends from a time when there were many gods. For far too long the science-religion debate has been dominated—even clouded—by questions of biological evolution thrown up in the nineteenth century, while the transformation of the physical world in the twentieth has often seemed strangely irrelevant.

This book epitomizes a welcome trend to redress the balance. Add to Cart Request Exam Copy. ISBN In The Number of the Heavens , Tom Siegfried, the award-winning former editor of Science News , shows that one of the most fascinating and controversial ideas in contemporary cosmology—the existence of multiple parallel universes—has a long and divisive history that continues to this day.

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