This volume reconciles the modern scientific understanding of reality with our timeless spiritual yearnings for reverence and continuity, examining topics such as evolution, emotions, sexuality, and death. Goodenough writes about the workings of nature and of living creatures in particular.
Named an Outstanding Academic Book for 1999 by "Choice"
"For a scientist like myself, Goodenough's elegant narratives provide a refreshing way to encounter familiar material. I was especially impressed with her ability to cut right to the quick, so that within a few short pages the reader is whisked from the big bang to the emergence of our planet and the birth of life on earth."--Scientific American
"A celebration of molecular biology, with meditiations on the spiritual and religious meaning that can be found at the heart of science....Makes an important contribution to the ongoing dialog between science and religion. This book will engage anyone who has ever been mesmerized--or terrified--by the mysteries of existence."--Biology Digest