World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article
 

Gerald Schroeder

Gerald L. Schroeder
Residence Jerusalem, Israel
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Gerald Lawrence Schroeder is an Orthodox Jewish physicist, author, lecturer and teacher at College of Jewish Studies Aish HaTorah's Discovery Seminar, Essentials and Fellowships programs and Executive Learning Center,[1] who focuses on what he perceives to be an inherent relationship between science and spirituality.

Contents

  • Education 1
  • Aliyah to Israel 2
  • Religious views and scientific theories 3
  • Personal 4
  • Prizes 5
  • Works 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Education

Schroeder received his BSc in 1959, his MSc in 1961, and his PhD in nuclear physics and earth and planetary sciences in 1965, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[2] He worked five years on the staff of the MIT physics department. He was a member of the United States Atomic Energy Commission.[3]

Aliyah to Israel

After emigrating to Israel in 1971, Schroeder was employed as a researcher at the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Volcani Research Institute, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.[4][5] He currently teaches at Aish HaTorah College of Jewish Studies.[6]

Religious views and scientific theories

His works frequently cite Talmudic, Midrashic and medieval commentaries on Biblical creation accounts, such as commentaries written by the Jewish philosopher Nachmanides. Among other things, Schroeder attempts to reconcile a six day creation as described in Genesis with the scientific evidence that the world is billions of years old using the idea that the perceived flow of time for a given event in an expanding universe varies with the observer’s perspective of that event. He attempts to reconcile the two perspectives numerically, calculating the effect of the stretching of space-time, based on Einstein's general relativity.[7]

Namely, that from the perspective of the point of origin of the Big Bang, according to Einstein's equations of the 'stretching factor', time dilates by a factor of roughly 1,000,000,000,000, meaning one trillion days on earth would appear to pass as one day from that point, due to the stretching of space. When applied to the estimated age of the universe at 13.8 billion years, from the perspective of the point of origin, the universe today would appear to have just begun its sixth day of existence, or if the universe is 15 billion years old from the perspective of earth, it would appear to have just completed its sixth day.[8] Antony Flew, an academic philosopher who promoted atheism for most of his adult life indicated that the arguments of Gerald Schroeder had influenced his decision to become a deist.[9][10]

Personal

Schroeder's wife Barbara Sofer is a popular columnist for the English language Israeli newspaper, Jerusalem Post. The couple have five children.

Prizes

In 2012, Schroeder was awarded the Trotter Prize by Texas A&M University's College of Science.[11]

Works

  • Genesis and the Big Bang (1990), ISBN 0-553-35413-2
  • The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom, (1997), ISBN 0-7679-0303-X
  • The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth, (2002), ISBN 0-7432-0325-9.
  • God According to God: A Physicist Proves We've Been Wrong About God All Along, (2009), ISBN 978-0-06-171015-5.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Executive Learning Center Faculty". Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  2. ^ Lowe, Chelsea (Sep–Oct 2006). "Nuclear Scientist Sees No God-Science Conflict". Technology Review. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Sacks, Brian (2 October 2007). "Where the Bible meets the Big Bang". sullivan-county.com. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Schroeder, Gerald (Fall 2006). "Finding the Intelligence Within the Design". Jewish Action: 17–22. 
  5. ^ Gerald Schroeder '59 at the Wayback Machine (archived January 14, 2008)
  6. ^ "About Dr. Gerald Schroeder". geraldschroeder.com. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  7. ^ Schroeder, Dr. Gerald. "Age of the Universe". aish.com. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  8. ^ The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth by Gerald L. Schroeder Ph.D. (May 9, 2002)
  9. ^ "Antony Flew dies at 87; atheist philosopher who changed his mind late in life".  
  10. ^ Oppenheimer, Mark (4 November 2007). "The Turning of an Atheist".  
  11. ^ Trotter Prize & Endowed Lecture Series

External links

  • Gerald Schroeder (official website)
  • MIT Alumni Association. News and Views: Nuclear Scientist Sees No God-Science Conflict
  • Dr. Schroeder speaking on cosmology: a 30 min. clip from the documentary, "Has Science Discovered God?"
  • "The Age of the Universe", aish.com
  • Critiques of Schroeder's books by Mark Perakh at the site Talk Reason 1999, 2005, 2007
  • Genesis & the Big BangCritique of , authored by Rabbi Yoram Bogacz.

Articles by Gerald L. Schroeder

  • God and the laws of natures
  • The Origins of Life
  • An Atheist Turns
  • Evolution: Rationality vs. Randomness
  • Age of the Universe
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.