Intellectual activities which deal with nature's language and logic should, and we certainly hope that they will, lead us ultimately to a better understanding of spiritual truths. Their primary object, however, is and always was to truth in the material world.
-from "Scientific Individualism"
The great conflict between science and religion playing out today is but the latest act in a drama that's been running for millennia.
Here, one of the greatest scientists and technological innovators of the early 20th century builds a bridge between these two philosophies so often at odds. Lucidly written and frequently poetic-Pupin quotes from the Bible and respectfully deems scientists "prophets"-this is a beautiful, warmly humanistic consideration of the "new reformation" that revolutionized humanity's understanding of the laws of the universe and enabled us to find the divine in the natural world as centuries of scientific scholarship has revealed it to us.
First published in 1927, this important work of science philosophy is still highly relevant today.
Also available from Cosimo Classics: Pupin's autobiography, From Immigrant to Inventor.
American physicist and writer MICHAEL IDVORSKY PUPIN (1858-1935) was born in Serbia and emigrated to the United States as a teenager. As a professor and researcher at Columbia University, he invented sonar and made important discoveries in the fields of X-ray physics and telecommunications.