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Marvels of creation revealed through the eyes of a physicist


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God's creation as seen by a scientist. Reflection led by Prof. Vyacheslavs Kashcheyevs, specialist in quantum physics and nanotechnology, University of Latvia.

Taize 2016 Riga workshop on December 30, 2016, 15:00 at Latvian National Library

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Marvels of creation revealed through the eyes of a physicist

  1. 1. Redeemer Church Jerusalem
  2. 2. Newton's law of universal gravitation Image source: Creation obeys universal laws that can be discovered by disciplined reason!
  3. 3. Sir Isaac Newton’s definition of physics “I have not as yet been able to discover the reason for these properties of gravity from phenomena, and I do not feign hypotheses [Hypotheses non fingo]. For whatever is not deduced from the phenomena must be called a hypothesis; and hypotheses, whether metaphysical or physical, or based on occult qualities, or mechanical, have no place in experimental philosophy. In this philosophy particular propositions are inferred from the phenomena, and afterwards rendered general by induction.”
  4. 4. Albert Einstein’s laws of gravitation “canvas” deformation of space-time fabric “paint” energy & mass of matter Gravity is the force of the Cosmos…
  5. 5. Detection of gravity waves in 2015 Laser Interferometry Gravitational Observatory
  6. 6. Novel prizes in physics 1978 & 2006 Light of Creation (aka cosmic microwave background radiation) Theory prediction properties of atoms + observations of receding galaxies + Einstein’s law for space-time + Planck’s law for light quanta Datapoints = measurements of the “oldest light” And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. /Gen. 1:3/
  7. 7. Quantum physics  neither particles nor waves  obey beautiful but weird laws  never fully predictable TU Delft IBM Zurich Hitachi, Japan atoms electrons photons quanta of matter quanta of electricity quanta of light
  8. 8. Laws of quantum physics… … prone to (a lot of) misunderstanding …say nothing about spiritual or mind-over-matter issues …do provide physics’ “official loophole” for miracles
  9. 9. Images: PTB, Germany University of Latvia, Riga