“I was awestruck and enchanted not only by our current knowledge of our environment — local, solar, galactic, and universal — but also by how much we ultimately hope to understand from our random tiny perch here on Earth. I was also overwhelmed by the many connections among the pieces that ultimately allow us to exist. To be clear, mine is a deeply unreligious viewpoint. I don’t feel the need to assign a purpose or meaning, yet I can’t help but feel the emotions we tend to call religious as we come to understand the immensity of the universe, our past, and how it all fits together. It offers anyone some perspective when dealing with the foolishness of everyday life.”
Theoretical physicist and leading expert on particle physics and cosmology.
Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science on the physics faculty of Harvard University.