Review

Pending the outcome of the continuing review of our current operations, all Muslim Faculty of Advanced Studies programmes are suspended until further notice. In the interim, we have made the lectures freely available here on this site.

3. Bohr and Heisenberg

“Whereas the new nihilist is driven away from what Bohr and Heisenberg called ‘the old religions’...”

At a time when from the highest vantage points of scientific discovery, the very substance of the universe was being called into question, these two men stood at the summit; poised between past and future. It is a measure of their greatness that their minds were able to absorb the earth-shattering insights their work revealed to them, without rejecting their own cultural past, or abandoning the collective religious and philosophical history of humanity. Their standing as post-classical physicists, as well as post Judaeo-Christians, transcends the facile atheism of contemporary scientific popularisers. Thus they embody a moment of consciousness in the world of an invitation towards something beyond the ‘old religions’ that encompassed the same fundamental truths.