Let There Be Light by Howard Smith, PhD

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In Let There Be Light, Howard Smith, a research astrophysicist and traditionally observant Jew, explores how modern scientific understandings of the cosmos complement Judaism's ancient mystical theology, the Kabbalah. He argues that science and religion are not only compatible, but that a healthy, productive dialogue between the two sheds light on ethics, free will, and the nature of life, while at the same time rejecting fundamentalist misinterpretation and the pseudoscience of creationism.

Written for a general audience, yet supported by the most current and accurate scientific research, the book discusses topics such as modern quantum mechanics and mystical notions of awareness; how Kabbalah's ten sefirot mirror the developing phases of an inflationary universe; and the surprising parallels that exist between the Big Bang theory and Kabbalah's origin theory. Smith delves into complex ideas without resorting to jargon or mathematical equations, creating an intelligent, authoritative work accessible to all readers.
 

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Dr. Howard A. Smith is a senior astrophysicist and senior level scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and former chairman of the astronomy department of the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He has also worked as an astrophysicist at the Naval Research Center's E.O. Hulbert Center for Space Research and as visiting scientist liaison at NASA. He holds two BS degrees from MIT and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Newton, MA.
 
Published October 4, 2010 by New World Library. 306 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science & Math, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Can religion answer any of the questions raised by science? Can science answer the questions posed by religion? Smith, an observant Jew who is a senior scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center f

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