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Physicist and priest, Polkinghorne balances science and faith

Physicist and priest, Polkinghorne balances science and faith: “John Polkinghorne, 80, is one of the world’s most famous physicists, known in part for his role in explaining the existence of the quark, the smallest known particle. He is the former president of Queens College at Cambridge University in England, a member of the Royal Society, was knighted for his work on England’s standards for embryonic stem cell research and for the medical industry’s ethical positions, and winner of the Templeton Prize.

When he was in his 40s, he left the world of physics and became a priest in the Church of England. He has written more than 30 books on the relationship between faith and science, and is one of the world’s leading voices on that topic.”

I read one of his books about 50 years ago — quite good, if I remember correctly.

The Economist Has No Clothes: Scientific American

The Economist Has No Clothes: Scientific American

The 19th-century creators of neoclassical economics—the theory that now serves as the basis for coordinating activities in the global market system—are credited with transforming their field into a scientific discipline. But what is not widely known is that these now legendary economists—William Stanley Jevons, L�on Walras, Maria Edgeworth and Vilfredo Pareto—developed their theories by adapting equations from 19th-century physics that eventually became obsolete. Unfortunately, it is clear that neoclassical economics has also become outdated. The theory is based on unscientific assumptions that are hindering the implementation of viable economic solutions for global warming and other menacing environmental problems.

OK, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a fundi in either economics or physics. I suspect that the physics I learnt at school 50 years ago was based on the 19th century stuff, and quantum theory was strictly recreational reading that wouldn’t help you to pass matric. So is there anybody who does know about this stuff who is able to confirm or refute this?

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