Einsteins Faith of God: What do scientists need to believe in?

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 Einsteins Faith of God: What do scientists need to believe in?


Although Einstein did not believe in God, he never lost his religious feeling, that is, goodness and persistence in his profession.

Recently, the letter of God written by famous physicist Albert Einstein in 1954 was auctioned in New York for $2.89 million.

Christies auction house described the letter, which was less than two pages long, as the most famous letter Einstein wrote about religious and philosophical views a year before his death. In his letter, Einstein expressed his views on God and was called Gods Faith by later generations.

Agnosticism or a major reason for Einsteins success

Beyond the economic value, the true value of Gods Faith may be incalculable. The most important thing is his view of God.

In this German letter to Eric Gutkin, a philosopher of Jewish descent, Einstein said, The word God is nothing more than a product of wording and human weaknesses for me, and the Bible is just a collection of ancient and primitive legends. No amount of elaboration (to me) can change the above facts.

In conclusion, Einstein did not believe in God because God was only a product of wording, childish superstition and human weakness. However, Einstein did not believe in religion because he was an atheist, but because he was an agnostic.

For seekers, agnosticism can be explored. Moreover, human ignorance is always greater than knowledge, so it derives the second characteristic of scientific research - the spirit of suspicion and realism. Under the suspicion and criticism attitude, we can test any scientific cognition by practice on the principle of seeking truth from facts, and take repeatability and verifiability, as well as qualitative and quantitative analysis as important ways of scientific understanding, so that every theory, hypothesis and discovery can be accurately verified.

In fact, the recognition of Einsteins own research results follows the spirit of scientific verifiability and realism. Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, but the fact and reason for his award are not the general relativity theory proposed by Einstein, but the law of photoelectric effect discovered by Einstein.

In 1921, Nobel Prize winner Planck insisted on nominating Einstein for the achievement of general relativity, but it was impossible to convince the Nobel Committee that the theory had not been proved at that time and today. Therefore, some people put forward Einsteins photoelectric effect as the reason for winning the prize, because this theory has been repeatable and verifiable.

As early as 1916, Einsteins photoelectric effect equation has been confirmed by American experimental physicist Robert Millikan. Moreover, in 1910, Millikan had calculated the Planck constant through oil drop experiment, which made Planck win the Nobel Prize in 1918.

Because of these validations, Einstein won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, which was reissued in 1922. In 1921, the Nobel Prize Committee vacancied the prize on the grounds that the achievements of physics in that year were poor, and in 1922, the Nobel Prize in Physics in the previous year was reissued to Ai for the verifiability of the photoelectric effect. Instan.

Despite not believing in God, he never gave up persistence.

Peter Atkin, a chemist at the University of Oxford, published an article in the British media saying that if a scientist has religious beliefs, then he is not a real scientist in essence, because they (science and religion) are two such incompatible categories. This seems to be the right answer for Einstein.

However, Scientific American has conducted a survey in which about 40% of scientists in the United States believe in religion, and the number of scientists in other Western countries is about the same. This means that a considerable number of Western scientists believe in God, but it does not exclude them from doing research in the spirit of doubt, empirical and repeatable science.

Scientistsbeliefs, like the beliefs of ordinary people, contain the concept of goodness, because the pursuit of truth in science is compatible with the pursuit of goodness in religion. If it can be combined with the pursuit of beauty in art and literature, the revelation of the world will be more complete and comprehensive.

Moreover, some Western scientists believe in God and there is a kind of detachment after insisting on being realistic and unable to get the answer, because human exploration is not always able to find the answer. Moreover, there are still a lot of problems that can not be explained by scientific research. Even though Darwins theory of evolution holds that man evolved from apes and has gained more recognition, no scientist has been able to deduce the process and results from apes to humans once again. Therefore, creationism has been challenging evolutionism.

In this case, in addition to the need for more research to obtain a large amount of evidence to prove the process and laws from apes to humans, some researchers have pushed similar theories that are not fully explained and that lack of evidence to God. Because only natural selection is close to omnipotence, choosing God is only choosing the law of nature in a sense.

Although Einstein did not believe in God, he never lost his religious sentiment, that is, goodness and persistence in his profession, as well as his constant faith in the world, society and future.

Source of this article: Author of New Beijing News: Zhang Tiankans Responsible Editor: Jike_b6492