chapter  16
7 Pages

Awe and wonder in science

WithSimon Peatman

Patterns exist everywhere in the world around us – from the double helix structure of DNA molecules inside our cells, tens of thousands of which would fit across the width of a human hair, to immense spiral galaxies, so vast that even a ray of light, the fastest thing in the universe, takes 100,000 years to cross from one side to the other. Scientists are fascinated by patterns. In fact, it could be argued that a scientist's job is to spot patterns and then understand why they occur. The view that science replaces our need for God tends to prevail amongst the general public, especially in the media, but it is important to know that scientists hold a range of opinions on these matters. Again, some scientists will agree and others will not, but these words sum up the sometimes confusing world that is the interface of science and religion.