MAN IN SEARCH OF HIMSELF by Jean Charon

MAN IN SEARCH OF HIMSELF

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Jean Charon is a French physicist who has selected the vocabulary and imagery of general relativity to express ideas far beyond the context of physics. Starting out with a chapter which is almost a panegyric on Einstein, he moves on to a general discussion of the nature of language as it is used in various disciplines. He believes that man's twentieth century splintered soul comes about through a babel of tongues; he envisions the evolution of a language which will be the most general and link man with ""The All,"" at the time generating deeper meaning. The nature of this language is not clear. It seems to be an expression of ideas of Being, of points and fields which shape Space-Time. Charon borrows freely from Jung and Teilhard de Chardin; uses geometrical and then topological examples to express his philosophy which, incidentally, is zealously presented as fact. His book is one man's vision of the true unifying or unitary philosophy; the audience seems equally muzzy--midway between the physicist and the metaphysicist?

Pub Date: Nov. 27th, 1967
Publisher: Walker