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Book review: What We Cannot Know, by Marcus du Sautoy

Marcus du Sautoy is a Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and in 2008 succeeded Richard Dawkins as Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science. Like Dawkins, he is an atheist, but unlike Dawkins he intends to focus on science rather than religion. And yet religion does surface in this book, in which he considers whether there are things we can never know. Read more


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John L Floyd on :

I agree with you, that the failure of Sautoy to include Spinoza in his discussion is notable. Spinoza, as I understand him, argued for the unity of nature and 'god'. Perhaps with 3 or 4 centuries of scientific advancement, Baruch Spinoza would have written a tome similar to Sautoy's.

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