From Science to God: A physicist's journey into the mystery of consciousness, by Peter Russell, New World Library, Novato, CA, USA, 2003, 144 ff.
A scientist's spiritual autobiography
By Howard Jones
This is a story that, to a large extent, I was well able to resonate with. Specialising in science at an early age in school in Britain, like Peter Russell, I didn't really see any room or need for God. For that same reason, many enthusiastic young scientists, and a great many adult practicing scientists, become and remain as atheists. But Russell's path is a familiar one to many of us.
As he developed as a scientist he realised that the materialist description of the world that has formed the bedrock of science since the time of Copernicus and Newton is not adequate in describing the world of living things, least of all humankind. Russell graduated originally as a physicist at Cambridge but later his interest in the workings of the mind encouraged his study of psychology.
Russell's book describes how he, and many other scientists, especially physicists and psychologists, engaged with spirituality in order to adequately model and explain the actual behaviour of the material world. As part of his own enlightenment, Russell spent time at an ashram in India to develop this sense of spirituality.
This short book describes in broad outline the path of science over the past four centuries and how physicists have come to realise that there is so much compatibility between science and the spiritual. It is illustrated with many spiritual sayings from scientists like Max Planck and Einstein and mystics like St. Augustine and Teilhard de Chardin. There is no challenging science here. The book is easily readable and, as indicated by the title, it describes how a scientist comes to realise that the numinous has an essential role to play in a description of the world as well as in his own life. In this respect the book is inspirational.
Dr Howard A. Jones is the author of The Thoughtful Guide to God (2006) and The Tao of Holism (2008), both of which were published by O Books of Winchester, UK.Looking in the Distance: The Human Search for Meaning