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Thinking about creation : eternal Torah and modern physics
Goldfinger, Andrew.
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Northvale, N.J. : Jason Aronson, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiii, 313 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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BS651 .B76 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Six days or fifteen billion years? At first glance, the biblical and scientific accounts of the creation of the universe seem quite different. How then can there be modern twentieth century people who respect the methods and conclusions of science, yet take the Bible to be literally correct? The answer is given in this book. Dr. Andrew Goldfinger is a physicist by profession and a chasidic Jew by commitment. He takes the reader through the story of creation from both viewpoints.

Author Notes

Andrew Goldfinger serves as assistant supervisor of the Space Department's Mission Concept and Analysis Group at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Goldfinger, who works at the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, opens his autobiographical reflection with a story. As a Hasidic Jew, he notes, he loves Torah, and as a practicing scientist, he loves science. When he engages in both Torah study and science, he says he can't help but marvel at the similarities between the two. For example, Goldfinger writes, the principal name of God as source of mercy has four letters and the principal name of God as source of justice has five. Similarly, DNA and RNA have four bases, but they differ in one of the bases, so altogether there are five bases. Goldfinger points to this four-five dichotomy, "the tension between justice and mercy," and wonders whether or not it is "found at the very foundations of life itself." Through the rest of the book, Goldfinger explores the relationship between science and religion in brief reflections on each discipline. These reflections range from remarks on the limitations of science and the methods of quantum mechanics to approaches to reading Torah. Goldfinger passes on to readers his own sense of wonder and curiosity about the intricacy and beauty of the universe and God. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved