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j?8 / Dialogue "Arthur Koestler, The Sleepwalkers (New York: Macmillan, 1968); Gerald Holton, "Johannes Kepler's Universe," American Journal of Physics, 24:350 ff. (1956); Jaki, op. cit., Chap. X, "Physics and Theology"; Rene Dugas, A History of Mechanics, trans. J. R. Maddox (Neuchatel: Editions du Griffon, no date given), pp. z6jii.; Cornelius Lanczos, Albert Einstein and the Cosmic World Order (New York: Interscience, 1965). 12Wayne J. Pond, private communication. 13The phrase "ultimate concern" is Paul Tillich's. 14Cf. Charles H. Townes, "The Convergence of Science and Religion," The Improvement Era, February 1968, p. 62. 15P. B. Medawar, "Is the Scientific Paper Fraudulent?" Saturday Review, Aug. 1, 1964, pp. 42-43. 16William James, as quoted by Alfred North Whitehead, Science and the Modern World (New York: Macmillan, 1925), p. 3. 17J. Bronowski, Science and Human Values (New York: Harper and Row, 1950), p. 88. 18For a concise discussion, see Ian Barbour, Issues in Science and Religion (New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1966), pp. 162-66, 239-43. 19Michael Polanyi, Science, Faith and Society (Chicago: Phoenix, 1946), p. 49. Polanyi is an eminent British physical chemist who in recent years has turned his attention almost exclusively to the philosophy of science. 20Butterfield, op. cit., Chap. II. 21Quoted by Polanyi, op. cit., p. 2/n. 22A poignant expression of the trials of scientific faith is given by Einstein: "In the light of knowledge attained, the happy achievement seems almost a matter of course.. . . But the years of anxious searching in the dark, with their intense longing, their alternations of confidence and exhaustion, and the final emergence into the light—only those who have experienced it can understand that." Quoted by Barzun, op. cit., p. 92. 23Quoted by Jaki, op. cit., p. 353. Max Planck, a German physicist, was awarded the Nobel Prize for his pioneering work in quantum theory. 24Polanyi, op.cit., p. 42. 25Norwood R. Hanson, quoted by Barbour, op. cit., p. 139. 26Erwin F. Taylor, Introductory Mechanics (New York: John Wiley, 1963), p. 107. 27Henry Margenau, The Nature of Physical Reality (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1950), Chaps. V, VI. 28Polanyi, op. cit., p. 31 29Thus Polanyi, loc. cit.: "In my laboratory I find the laws of nature formally contradicted at every hour, but I explain this away by the assumption of experimental error. I know that this may cause me one day to explain away a fundamentally new phenomenon and to miss a great discovery. . . . Yet I shall continue to explain away my odd results, for if every anomaly observed in my laboratory were taken at its face value, research would instantly degenerate into a wild-goose chase after imaginary fundamental novelties." 30A. A. Moles, in his La Creation Scientifique (Geneva: Rene Kister, 1957), has attempted to catalog the strategies of different scientists, e.g., those who like to use the method of contradiction in theoretical work, and those whose experimental tactics consist of apparently random but actually extremely clever and sophisticated tinkering. See also Barzun, op. cit., pp. 92-95. 31Polanyi, op. cit., p. 42. 32Ibid., p. 56. 33Ibid., pp. 58-9. 3iIbid., p. 71. 35This is a continuing process in physics. A current example is the growing preference for the neutral term "interaction" in place of the older, anthropomorphic concept of "force." 36It is not yet clear how far this requirement can be carried in dealing with sentient systems,