Thursday, January 28, 2010

Charles Coulson - scientist and Christian

One of my scientific heroes is Charles Coulson (1910-1974). He was one of the founders of the field of quantum chemistry, which is related to some of my research. I particularly love his book Valence, for both its clarity and physical and chemical insight.

Coulson was a Christian and wrote an influential book, Science and Christian Belief, which popularised the phrase: the God of the Gaps:
"There is no 'God of the gaps' to take over at those strategic places where science fails; and the reason is that gaps of this sort have the unpreventable habit of shrinking."

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