This article, Science and Relationship, is the first in a series of four articles.
Science and Relationship
As an engineer of many years’ experience, I’ve needed my training in mathematics and science every day in my various jobs. That training allowed me to solve problems, to understand complex machinery, electronics and software and to keep up with people, well mostly, who had much more experience than I did. I couldn’t have done without it.
Maths and science are universal languages, and they are unrivalled in their precision and repeatability. To give the crudest of examples:
2 + 2 = 4
We take this for granted, but think about it, 2+2 doesn’t equal 3 or 5, but only 4. Not more-or-less 4, but precisely 4, exactly 4. And the answer is 4 yesterday, today and forever. It can only be 4, it cannot be anything else: doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, what your gender is, what your ethnicity is, what your politics are or how much money you have. It makes no difference. There’s inarguable: no discussion, no debate. It is completely without controversy.
What a relief! Isn’t that reassuring?
If like me, you are a fan of The Big Bang Theory – the TV show, not the origin of the universe – you may have noticed that the simple elegance of maths and science doesn’t cut it in every situation in life. In fact, it can be so inappropriate that millions of people are still laughing at the results after 12 series (that’s 257 episodes for those who need more precision). My wife – a musician – likes the show because it reminds her of me (I chose to think that it’s Leonard who reminds her of me; I like Leonard).
In my defence, I already knew this. Honest! As an engineering consultant, I work with clients, many of whom are not geeky engineers.
…This is not new
Saint Paul talks about the written law, with all its rules and statutes, bringing death, because it just shows people where they are going wrong without necessarily helping them to get it right. He contrasts this with the Spirit of the law, where God inspires us with Jesus’ example and empowers us with the Holy Spirit.
Perhaps 2+2=4 isn’t as useful as I thought!
Next article: Science and God…