Sunday, February 18, 2007

"Spirit" -> All In Good Humor

I have written about Georges Lemaître before. The following pictures him as a wonderful, humorous man.

I hope it is true:

Georges Lemaître came to Göttingen for a lecture. He told that he and other had calculated from the abundance of certain elements, the products of radioactive parent elements that the Earth was about 4.5 billion years old.

After the talk, someone asked whether he believed in the Bible.

He said, "Yes, every word is true."

But, the students continued, how could he tell us the earth is 4.5 billion years old, if the bible says it is about 5.800 years old?

He said, "That is no contradiction."

"How that?"

Lemaître explained that God made the earth 5.800 years ago with all the radioactive substances, the fossils and other indications of an older age. He did this to tempt humankaind and to test its belief in the bible. The students asked, why he was so interested in finding out the age of the Earth if it is not the actual age?

And he answered: "To convince myself that God did not make a single mistake.

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