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Cosmic religious feeling,
This review is from: Wonders of the Universe (Hardcover)
From pop-music to particle physics, what a transition this author has made! If you love music you cannot but love the Music of the Universe: Brian Cox is really a wonderful guy, and the way he transmits his love for the Cosmos is only equal to the marvellous way in which he explains such love to the public.
In reading and watching on TV (see Wonders of the Universe [DVD], Wonders Of The Solar System [DVD], etc.) his clear and passionate explanations about the life of stars and galaxies, and see how he relates them to Man, who is indeed made of stardust, I am deeply moved and reminded of Einstein's beautiful words:
"I maintain that the cosmic religious feeling is the strongest and noblest motive for scientific research. Only those who realize the immense efforts and, above all, the devotion without which pioneer work in theoretical science cannot be achieved are able to grasp the strength of the emotion out of which alone such work, remote as it is from the immediate realities of life, can issue. What a deep conviction of the rationality of the universe and what a yearning to understand, were it but a feeble reflection of the mind revealed in this world, Kepler and Newton must have had to enable them to spend years of solitary labor in disentangling the principles of celestial mechanics! Those whose acquaintance with scientific research is derived chiefly from its practical results easily develop a completely false notion of the mentality of the men who, surrounded by a skeptical world, have shown the way to kindred spirits scattered wide through the world and through the centuries. Only one who has devoted his life to similar ends can have a vivid realization of what has inspired these men and given them the strength to remain true to their purpose in spite of countless failures. It is cosmic religious feeling that gives a man such strength. A contemporary has said, not unjustly, that in this materialistic age of ours the serious scientific workers are the only profoundly religious people." (cf. Einstein, The World as I See it)
As we often lose perspective and concentrate on our menial tasks and chores, I think this book is a great trampoline to a wider vista.