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Nathan Aviezer

Nathan Aviezer is Professor of Physics and former Chairman of the Physics Department of Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Aviezer is the author of more than 140 scientific articles on condensed matter physics. In recognition of his important research contributions, Aviezer was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

In addition to his scientific research, Aviezer has a long-standing involvement in the relationship between Torah and Science. He is the author of three books on this subject: In the Beginning (translated into nine languages), Fossils and Faith (translated into four languages), and Modern Science and Ancient Faith (recently published). Aviezer teaches a course at Bar-Ilan University on “Torah and Science,” which was awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize. In addition, Aviezer is active in the organization of an annual Torah and Science Conference which attracts hundreds of participants from all over Israel. Finally, Aviezer was recently awarded a grant from the Templeton Foundation to develop a teaching unit on Torah and science for Orthodox Jewish high schools.

Science – the Endless Frontier

Birmingham 2016

Whenever we think that science has reached its limits, dramatic new discoveries show how little we actually know. Consider the following examples from physics:
(i) Classical mechanics explained all known data for over 200 years, before being overturned by relativity theory in 1905 and again by quantum theory in 1925.
(ii) Newton’s theory of gravity explained all known data for over 200 years, before being overturned in 1916 by Einstein’s radically new theory of gravity.
(iii) To make Einstein’s theory of gravity compatible with quantum theory, a radically new theory, known as string theory, has been proposed. String theory predicts the existence of multiple dimensions and multiple universes.
(iv) It was recently discovered that 80% of the matter in the universe consists of unknown types of particles, known as dark matter, and that the universe is filled with an unknown type of energy, known as dark energy. The nature of dark matter and dark energy remain a complete mystery.
(v) The current theory of fundamental particles, called the standard model, has been shown to be incomplete and must be replaced by a new model, which will certainly include ideas very different from those currently accepted.