John Wheeler, A great physicist!

John Archibald Wheeler is one of my most admired physicist. He just died recently and I want to make a small tribute to him to did so much in General Relativity. Wheeler is the person who coined the word “black hole”, a concept which captivated my imagination when I was yet a kid and a concept which I eventually studied on my own in the University. He wrote one of the best books in General Relativity entitled “Gravitation”. This is a thick and heavy book full of physics and mathematics. It introduces advanced mathematical concepts as you progress in your study of Relativity in a very geometric way. This book has full of illustrations that really whets your appetite for studying advanced physics.

John Archibald Wheeleer

I have bought many books authored by Wheeler. One of them is “Exploring Black Holes“, with Taylor as co-author. I bought this book in Borders bookstore in Singapore. Unfortunately, we don’t have these kinds of books in the Philippines. A friend of mine also lent me a layman’s book written by Wheeler entitled “Geons, Black Holes & Quantum Foam”. This book gave accounts on Wheeler’s contribution to the Manhattan Project and the other great people whom he worked with.

I have a professor before who took his PhD in US who told me that whenever Wheeler gives a lecture at 7 am in the morning, he will always attend it no matter how cold it is in New York. That’s how big an impact Wheeler had on him.

To the great man Wheeler, thank you for inspiring us to study one of the greatest theories in the 20th century!

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  1. Monday, May 26, 2008

    The Smartest Man Alive

    “The smartest man alive (Stephen Hawking) is an Atheist. You think him a fool because he does not believe in your vile bronze age superstitions.” C. Chimp.

    Not so. Stephen Hawking isn’t a fool. He believes in God.

    Look at what he said about Him: “It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way, except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us.” Stephen Hawking (A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes [New York: Bantam Books, 1988], p. 127).

    He also said, “The odds against a universe like ours coming out of something like the Big Bang are enormous. I think there are clearly religious implications” (John Boslough, Stephen Hawking’s Universe, p. 121)

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to look at this amazing creation and see the genius of the amazing Creator. A child can know that. Your stumbling-block isn’t intellectual as you maintain. . . it’s moral.

    Posted by Ray Comfort on 5/26/2008 12:57:00 PM 71 comments

  2. A Renewed Respect for Voltaire

    The website of an atheist group, which refers to itself as “Wonderful atheists,” states, “This compilation of quotes, from some of the world’s greatest thinkers, gives me hope that our battle is just.” The list, at first glance, looks impressive.

    It’s packed full of quotes from “just” fighters for truth–men like Karl Marx, Marilyn Manson, and Satanist Anton LaVey.

    Of course, one of the world’s greatest thinkers, Albert Einstein, is at the top of the list. But for some reason they don’t quote him saying how he hated being quoted by atheists: “In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what makes me really angry is that they quote me for support of such views.” Albert wasn’t stupid. He believed in the existence of God. He said, “I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know his thoughts. The rest are details.” (The Expanded Quotable Einstein, Princeton University Press, 2000 p.202)

    They quoted Thomas Jefferson (who also believed in God). They quoted free thinker Mark Twain (who believed in God, but justifiably hated established religion). Walt Disney is listed. So are Helen Keller (who also said, “I try to increase the power God has given me to see the best in everything and every one, and make that Best a part of my life”), Galileo, and Charles Darwin. Each of these people were called “great thinkers” and none of them were stupid. They believed in God.

    However, many of those quoted railed against organized religion. It seems strange that they didn’t quote Jesus Christ, who railed against the religious leaders of His day, asking them how they were going escape the damnation of Hell. So did John the Baptist. He called the religious leaders a “brood of vipers,” and asked, “Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”

    The atheists of course quoted the French author and playwright Voltaire. They then said of him: “Perhaps never really an atheist, nonetheless, Voltaire changed late in life into a fearless crusader against religious cruelty and injustice. In Voltaire’s time it was forbidden to be an Atheist. Admitting to be one, brought the death sentence. Hence he was a Deist for most of his life.”

    So, according to them, Voltaire was probably a secret atheist who pretended to believe in God. That seems to clash with his own thoughts on atheists. This is what Voltaire said of them: “The atheists are for the most part impudent and misguided scholars who reason badly, and who not being able to understand the creation, the origin of evil, and other difficulties, have recourse to the hypothesis of the eternity of things and of inevitability.” He hated organized religion as any self-respecting and thinking person should, and he thought that atheists were rude, misguided folks who didn’t know how to reason. Wow. I have a renewed respect for the man.

    He also said, “What conclusion shall we draw from all this? That atheism is a very pernicious monster in those who govern; that it is also pernicious in the persons around statesmen, although their lives may be innocent, because from their cabinets it may pierce right to the statesmen themselves; that if it is not so deadly as fanaticism, it is nearly always fatal to virtue . . . If there are atheists, whom must one blame, if not the mercenary tyrants of souls, who, making us revolt against their knaveries, force a few weak minds to deny the God whom these monsters dishonor” (A Philosophical Dictionary by Voltaire).

    Atheists are “impudent,” “misguided scholars,” who “reason badly” and are “pernicious.”

    I guess he must have somehow foreseen some of the nasty atheists’ comments on this blog.

    Posted by Ray Comfort on 5/26/2008 10:24:00 AM 33 comments

  3. The Soap Box — Comfort Food — Ray Comfort’s Blog to me
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    “The Soap Box” – Ray Comfort’s Blog
    The Origin of the Universe

    Posted: 02 Jun 2008 08:27 PM CDT

    “In the beginning”…was God, or the universe? Many people refuse to believe in God because they can’t fathom how an entity could be eternal. Yet scientists used to teach that the universe itself was eternal—it just always was—and atheists were content to believe that. So if you believe it is possible for something to be eternal (such as the universe), to be logically consistent you would also have to admit it’s possible that there is an infinite, omnipotent Being who is eternal.

    These days, science has proven that the universe had a beginning. To the creationists’ claim that the universe was begun by God, atheists naturally ask, “Then who made God?” It’s a very logical question. According to the Law of Cause and Effect, every effect must have a cause. In other words, everything that happens has a catalyst; everything that came into being has something that caused it. Things don’t just happen by themselves.

    Since the evidence proves that the universe is not eternal, scientists say it began in an event known as the Big Bang. The Big Bang theory claims that “nothing” suddenly became time, space, matter, and energy, forming a vast, complex, orderly universe composed of over 100 billion galaxies and containing an estimated trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion tons of matter. Now scientists have an even greater dilemma: Where did the initial matter come from? How could something come from nowhere, by itself? Second, what caused it to go “bang”? What was the catalyst that sent the particles flying?

    Famed cosmologist Andrei Linde, professor of Physics at Stanford University, is honest about the evolutionists’ dilemma:

    “The first, and main, problem is the very existence of the big bang. One may wonder, what came before? If space-time did not exist then, how could everything appear from nothing? What arose first? The universe or the laws determining its evolution? Explaining this initial singularity—where and when it all began—still remains the most intractable problem of modern cosmology.”

    Remember, if a Coke can coming into existence by itself is obvious nonsense, why is the Big Bang theory any more “scientific”?

    Searching for answers, scientists recently announced that they may have the puzzle pieces to the fundamental mystery of the universe. Using a NASA telescope, they think they’ve figured out the cosmic question of where we came from. Their conclusion? According to Ciska Markwick-Kemper of the University of Manchester in England, “In the end, everything comes from space dust…that was belched from dying stars” about 8 billion light-years from here.

    The dilemma is, no matter how far away or how long ago scientists estimate the very first dust particle came from, the logical question remains: Then where did that dust come from?

    It’s unavoidable—at some point, you’re forced to conclude that there must be an uncaused cause (a “First Cause”) that brought everything else into being. This conclusion agrees with logic, reason, and scientific laws. In all of history, there has never been an instance of anything spontaneously appearing out of nowhere. Something being created from nothing is contrary to all known science.

    In short, the evolutionary view cannot offer a logical, scientific explanation for either the origin or the complexity of the universe. There are only two choices: Either no one created everything out of nothing, or Someone—an intelligent, omnipotent, eternal First Cause—created everything out of nothing. Which makes more sense?

    Adapted from How to Know God Exists (Bridge-Logos).
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  4. try mo to read the two volumes of the very mathematical, statistical, historical, philosophical, and prophetical book “The Bible Code”, because it has some discussions of the deep relevance of physics, e.g. Einstein’s theories and philosophy, that the author so adeptly relate to the divine!!!!

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