The first chapter of Genesis, as translated by Everett Fox.
Science and religion are often pitted against one another; but how do they complement, rather than contradict, one another? We learn how one man applies the deepest insights of modern physics to think about how the world fundamentally works, and how the universe might make space for prayer.
Pertinent Posts from the On Being Blog
Visualizing responses to a Physics World survey on religion and science.
A rap from an employee who works with the particle accelerator that actually does a really good job of breaking down the science.
A classic comic on faith in equations. "You take two numbers and when you add them, they magically become one new number!"
Breathing some new life into an old conversation.
About the Image
"Transport II" depicts rendered electron flow paths in a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG). The scale of the image is about the size of a bacterium. The image is based on flow patterns for electrons riding over a bumpy landscape, and the concentrations of electron flow into the branches are recently discovered indirect effects of that bumpy ride. The channeling or branching was unexpected and may have implications for small electronic devices of the future.
Voices on the Radio
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Senior Editor: Trent Gilliss
An astrophysicist who studies the shape of the universe, Janna Levin has also explored her science by writing a novel about two pivotal 20th-century mathematicians, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing. Both men pushed at boundaries where mathematics presses on grand questions of meaning and purpose. Such questions, she says, help create the technologies that are now changing our sense of what it means to be human.