The Human Touch: Our Part in the Creation of a Universe


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Picador USA
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5.5 X 1.4 X 8.4 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author

Michael Frayn is the author of ten novels, including the bestselling Headlong, a New York Times Editors' Choice selection and a Booker Prize finalist, and Spies, which won Britain's Whitbread fiction award. He has written fourteen plays, among them Noises Off, and Democracy, as well as Copenhagen, which won three Tony Awards in 1999. A philosophy graduate of Cambridge University, Frayn is also the author of Constructions, a collection of philosophical meditations. He lives in London.


"The target audience: anyone who enjoys gaping at the complexities of existence. The topic: everything . . . Fantastic." --Entertainment Weekly (grade: A)

"Michael Frayn's exultant prose entices and ultimately overwhelms you. Reading his arguments, I felt as though I were floating down a warm river, caught up in its playful, whirling eddies. . . . Beautifully written." --Los Angeles Times

"Immense erudition . . . and more than a dash of wit . . . What makes The Human Touch so rewarding is the subtlety and humor with which he examines 'the great mutual balancing act.'" --The New York Times

"His command of current scholarship in physics and biology is impressive; his discussion of psychological issues is discerning. . . . Witty and ingratiating style." --The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"An inviting introduction to modern cosmology and philosophy with no prerequisites other than the willingness to entertain counterfactuals, imponderables, and leaps of faith. Nicely done." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Absolutely riveting . . . Read it, and you may come to look at the world differently." --Newsday

"Erudite, imaginative, funny, and dazzlingly clever . . . [Frayn] unbolts, chapter by chapter, the fabric of the universe." --The Sunday Times (London)