Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up
John Allen Paulos. Tantor Media, $24.99 (0pp) ISBN 978-1-4001-0630-1
After his advance calculations, math professor Paulos concludes that religion and, in particular, God just don't compute. In challenging the precepts of religion and religious thought through the application of logical arguments and sometimes not so analogous comparisons, Paulos's arguments prove quite compelling for those who are spiritually doubtful. However, the devoted are not likely to be persuaded by this sleight of hand with words. Dick Hill's wavering tone creates a manic mood, as his pitch, speed and intensity tilt back and forth with the text's various points. Generally, nonfiction narrators need a good deal of energy in their delivery, but Hill's performance borders on the overdramatic. While Paulos's discussion is intriguing, Hill narrates with an edge in his voice that is sure to increase the heartbeat of even the most sedate reader. While one doesn't need to be a mathematician to understand Paulos's arguments, sometimes his equations can be extremely challenging for listeners to fully visualize. Simultaneous release with the Hill & Wang hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 3).
Reviewed on: 02/18/2008