A blog by an astrophysicist mostly about things that have nothing to do with astrophysics. My first review of the book was perhaps a little too harsh and short on details. Hopefully my second post will be better at informing anyone who reads this of the fundamental problems with The Kolob Theorem. I only managed to get through the first 9 pages before I gave up.
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A blog by an astrophysicist mostly about things that have nothing to do with astrophysics. Lynn Hilton. There was only one review that discussed the actual scientific merits of the book when I wrote my review.
Originally I had no intention of writing a review of the book, but after coming across a few references to it, and having at least one person ask me about it I wrote a rather harsh and not very charitable review of the book.
After a few comments from readers I returned and wrote a revised review of the book, which is at the moment the most popular post on my blog. When I wrote the review I had no idea that it would end up being my most popular post, and that even now, if you do a Google search for "Kolob Theorem" my review is generally the first or second link that comes up. Now, two years after my initial review I felt that I should return and write something about the most common responses to the book and my review of it.
Here I will give my response to a few common comments about The Kolob Theorem. I will also respond to a few specific comments that were left on my blog and also comments made on other sites that I feel need to be addressed. Made me think. There is a reason why The Kolob Theorem is such a draw. It talks about things that most people have never thought about before.
Even for lifelong members of the Church Dr. There are some real implications to those passages in the scriptures that Dr. Hilton uses as the basis of The Kolob Theorem and I think that those passages of scripture are wonderful to think about.
We would all benefit by understanding those passages to a greater degree such as Abraham They are definitely a major aspect of my faith and also why I chose the profession that I did. But before we all run off and say what a wonderful thing The Kolob Theorem is, here is your obligatory grain of salt: A "grain" of salt.
I am only slightly exaggerating with that picture. I am not opposed to speculative books that "make people think" and are "thought-provoking". I am very much in favor of books like that. Some people may respond and say that "at least it gets the conversation started. It would take more time and effort to correct all the mistakes than to write a new book. The thing is all this could have been prevented if Dr.
Hilton had just run the book past a real astronomer before sending it off to the publisher. The only people listed as having reviewed the book before being published are a couple of medical doctors, business people and a secretary to a general authority. This does not automatically invalidate what is written in the book, but due to its obvious obvious to people who study astronomy for a living short comings the book and most of its ideas would have been shot down before publication if an astronomer had been asked to read it and give their honest opinion of the science behind the theorem.
This is such an important point that let me say it again. The truth is much more amazing than what has been written. Go learn the truth. You will be amazed. The book is "a cohesive collection of ideas about Mormon cosmology. That is the book that The Kolob Theorem should have been. Read Dr. In the words of that immortal swordsman "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. By doing that I somehow cast doubt on everything without having to actually do any work and show anything.
Response: I keep this blog for anyone who cares to read it which is mostly my family, thanks Mom! I just wanted to write down my thoughts so that if anyone asked me directly I could tell them to read my review on my blog. In the end my review has gotten a much bigger response than I ever anticipated.
Response: On the contrary. I would suggest some alternative reading. It is a good resource to start. Hilton had a "spark of inspiration [that] opened his eyes to far more than a few details of astrophysics. I have sat though many conversations on this very topic as an undergrad at BYU. Many such theories were proposed and just as many were shot down for being unworkable.
This is stuff that many, many undergrads and some professors like to speculate about. Most of the speculation revolves ha! About Some of the best ideas I have ever heard were proposed in a class on general relativity, and those ideas are light years beyond anything Dr.
Hilton wrote. There is some pretty remarkable stuff talked about late at night in the physics department, but there is a reason why hardly anyone has written about it. Just consider this: The thoughts and ideas that Dr. Hilton had were not unique. Many, many students at BYU have proposed just such ideas to their classmates.
Some professors have even hinted at similar speculations, yet none of them chose to write The Kolob Theorem, and it is not for lack of ideas, or lack of a desire to speculate. There is plenty of that. In the end Dr. There is a reason why those half baked ideas never made it out of the labs and classrooms in the Eyring Science Center. Response: Yes. And that is why I believe. Posted by.
The Kolob Theorem: A Mormon's View of God's Starry Universe
This theory makes the whole Plan of Salvation and life before and after death seem more real. My mind has not stopped pondering since I started reading it. Apr 18, Kelley rated it liked it My husband was right - this book is fascinating. He explains his theory in great detail, siting many sources, both scriptural and scientific. It was like reading a piece in a collegiate journal. Much of what he said about our galaxy made sense and could very well be true.
A blog by an astrophysicist mostly about things that have nothing to do with astrophysics. Lynn Hilton. There was only one review that discussed the actual scientific merits of the book when I wrote my review. Originally I had no intention of writing a review of the book, but after coming across a few references to it, and having at least one person ask me about it I wrote a rather harsh and not very charitable review of the book. After a few comments from readers I returned and wrote a revised review of the book, which is at the moment the most popular post on my blog. When I wrote the review I had no idea that it would end up being my most popular post, and that even now, if you do a Google search for "Kolob Theorem" my review is generally the first or second link that comes up.
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