“In the history of science, ever since the famous trial of Galileo, it has repeatedly been claimed that scientific truth cannot be reconciled with the religious interpretation of the world. Although I am now convinced that scientific truth is unassailable in its own field, I have never found it possible to dismiss the content of religious thinking as simply part of an outmoded phase in the consciousness of mankind, a part we shall have to give up from now on. Thus in the course of my life, I have repeatedly been compelled to ponder on the relationship of these two regions of thought, for I have never been able to doubt the reality of that to which they point.”
WERNER HEISENGERG (1975)
SCIENTIFIC TRUTH AND RELIGIOUS TRUTH. CrossCurrents, 24(4), 463–473
“There is no doubt that at this early stage of modern science the greatest conviction was borne by the newly discovered laws of mathematics. These mathematics laws were the visible expression of the divine will—this we read in Kepler—and Kepler goes into raptures at the fact that he was the first to recognize the beauty of the divine works. The new thinking, therefore, has nothing whatsoever to do with a rejection of religion. Even if the new findings did run counter to ecclesiastical dogma in some places, this was of little significance if one was able to experience the workings of God in nature so directly.”
“The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve.”
I am working on a series of videos illustrating this with the work of different scientists who believed that this is a gift from God. The first episode is about James Clerk Maxwell. More videos will follow.
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