Genesis and the Formation of the Stars

Genesis and the Formation of the Stars

The Book of Genesis is a perfect example of how religion and spirituality drive human inquiry. It isn’t usually referred to as a “cutting-edge” text, but there are ways one could argue that it was, especially in the context of its time – in particular, how it contemplated the origin and reason for our existence in the universe, and how it could open up awareness to something broader than just human existence.

As an astrophysicist at the Columbia University Department of Physics, Dr. Daniel Wolf Savin looks at the universe from its smallest building blocks on upward, and has long been contemplating how modern physics and planetary observation have laid the groundwork for their own version of Genesis – the beginning of time, or maybe even what came before that.

(This post is part of Sinai and Synapses’ project Scientists in Synagogues, a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science. This program was originally a lecture for the second day of Rosh Hashanah 2023, held by Tehillah at the Ethical Culture Society of Riverdale.)

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