Saturday, March 12, 2005

Convergence of Science and Religion

UC Berkeley physicist Charles Townes wins the Templeton Prize:

"If you look at what religion is all about, it's trying to understand the purpose and meaning of our universe," he said in a telephone interview from New York this week. "Science tries to understand function and structures. If there is any meaning, structure will have a lot to do with any meaning. In the long run they must come together."

Townes said that it was "extremely unlikely" that the laws of physics that led to life on Earth were accidental.

Where would Berkeley be without its scientists and engineers and those two law professors?