The Physicists and God
The New Priests of Religion?
1. It's cold in Delft
2. Nothing human is alien
3. Understanding everything
in search of the superforce / interview with a nobel prizewinner
4. The end of objective reality
the quantum revolution / the emotions of the main figures involved / the decisive experiment? / modest and humble, an after-dinner address
opposition to atomism / David Bohm and undivided wholeness / things have their mystery / aspects of light
6. Four physicists and God
Isaac Newton: a man all of a piece / Blaise Pascal: tension / Albert Einstein / Stephen Hawking
7. Physics: a way to God?
8. How do we prove anything?
9. The witnesses
Master Bergsma / Dr. Cebus Cornelis de Bruin / my father
10. Two ways
the way of science / the way of faith
miracles / science as a cultural form / consequences for human beings and society / perspective
The Universe is a collection of microscopically small particles which
developed at the very beginning from a Big Bang. Scientists can
describe very precisely how all this came about. It makes breathtaking
reading, but one's heart remains cold. Science seems to strive for a
comprehensive explanation of the world in which we live. If that is the
case, then belief in God will be ruled out. But is it really the WHOLE
of reality? If scientists ever finish their work, will they then
Taking issue with recent writers on this theme, the author of this
book, a professor of physics and a researcher for more than 30 years,
at a prestigious university, offers a fascinating survey of modern
science and an encouraging indication that the possibility of
meaningful religious belief is still very much there.