Book on the interplay of science an spirituality (in German) – published in September 2016
“Science and Spirituality” considers scientifc and spiritual thinking and endeavours as two independent, albeit connected and each other enrichening paths towards knowledge, which have influenced each other broadly in their respective develpmental histories.
In his book Lars Jaeger follows an exciting search for traces of connection between two seemingly contrasting world views – and the results are impressive: science and spiritual traditions of thought have far more in common than their contrasting opposites and essential differences suggest. What unites both approaches is the search for the world’s great mysteries and possible explanations thereof. Is there perhaps a common trait in this search? Are the physicists eventually going to explain the origins of the world? Will we learn someday how consciousness emerges from the network of neurons in our brain? Will we know what the ultimately smallest building blocks of matter are? And if so, what does that all mean for us, for our self-perception and our experience of the world? How does it affect our spiritual experience? And finally: What does all this mean for our central question of what the “meaning of this all” is? The way scientific knowledge is obtained and the key questions of spiritual experiences are linked within an exciting interplay. This is great stuff for an interdisciplinary journey that will draw the reader into the spell.
Gibt es eine Form von Spiritualität ohne Selbsttäuschung, die nicht klebrig oder kitschig ist und bei der man seine Würde als kritisches, vernünftiges Subjekt nicht verliert? Viele denken heute über die Möglichkeit einer säkularisierten Spiritualität nach, die ohne Sterblichkeitsverleugnung auskommt und mit den Ergebnissen der modernen Wissenschaft in Einklang gebracht werden kann. Lars Jaeger leistet einen Beitrag: Er führt den Leser auf eine ebenso unterhaltsame wie tiefsinnige Reise zu Gemeinsamkeiten und Gegensätzen wissenschaftlichen und spirituellen Denkens. Hochaktuell, bestens informiert.
Prof. Thomas Metzinger, Universität Mainz, Autor von Der Ego-Tunnel
Book on the universal history of science (in German) – published in September 2014
With “The Natural Sciences – A Biography “Lars Jaeger presents a seminal piece of work, which presents even readers with no scientific background in a clear and comprehensible way the history of science from its origins to today. Not only illustrates the book, how much Western thinking has been influenced by the respective level of scientific understanding; The author also points out, how important a good understanding of the development of the natural sciences is for shaping our future. With ever more rapid technological advances taking place today significant changes in our thinking and living are taking shape, which in turn raise new epistemological and ethical questions.
Lars Jaeger provides both: Guidance and exciting reading. In describing the “life” of the natural sciences in all its drama he at the same time succeeds to convey something fundamental: the great magic of knowledge. A book for diving in to be read from beginning to end!
- The History of Natural Sciences, told as a great adventure on the path to knowledge
- Informative and at the same time entertaining and exciting
- As in a biography, the reader gets to know the natural sciences as an organism, which grows, becomes independent, and develops and develops openly with respect to its future
- The book reveals the partly startling cross-connections and interdisciplinary links, especially to philosophical and social questions
- Author is a maverick: Physicist, Mathematician, Philosopher, Entrepreneur, Lecturer
Die Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, erzählt als großes Abenteuer auf dem Weg zu Wissen und Erkenntnis
A wonderfully written and very knowledgeable book, that helps to reduce the intolerable ignorance with respect to the history of science. Anyone who wants to understand the present with its technical possibilities, must know the path, which science has prepared. With this narative this can easily be achieved.
Ernst Peter Fischer
Why we need to understand science
Our society today unfolds in complete dependence on the scientific and technological progress. So it is surprising how underdeveloped the awareness of society’s decision makers and intellectuals is on where science stands in its various fields. Especially, as in the context of our rapidly increasing knowledge about nature and the ensuing technological possibilities are forming an outline of a new epoch-making “Leap of Mankind”. We thus need a good knowledge of the foundations of science widely in our society.
But can the abstract statements and complicated scientific theories such as quantum mechanics be explain to a wide audience? Lars‘ answer is “yes”. And the best way to do so is to convey the historical development of these theories. When we consider the respective specific issues and questions that led to the paradigms of modern science, the most abstract nature theories reveal themselves as extremely concrete. At the same time looking at the history of science we gain an understanding of the interplay between scientific progress and social developments. Therefore, the book provides not only a useful guidance for the various challenges of modernity, but it also opens up an entirely new view into the distance. In a future that is imminent.