Savijñānam

EDITORIAL

It is a great pleasure to present before you the special twin volume 5-6 of Savijïänam. The year 2007 has been a special year for all of us. This year marks the 70th birth anniversary of the Bhaktivedanta Institute’s Founder-Director and this journal’s founder Editor-in-Chief, Dr. T. D. Singh (1937-2006). Various seminars, conferences and cultural festivals were organized and publications were brought out around the world to honor Dr. Singh on this auspicious occasion. This special volume, dedicated to him, is another milestone in the world-wide celebration.


Laser Cooling of Atoms and the Role of a Personal God


A dialogue between Prof. William D. Phillips and Dr. T. D. Singh on “Laser Cooling of Atoms and the Role of a Personal God.” Prof. Phillips received the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for using lasers to cool and trap neutral atoms, which paved the way for scientists to design more precise atomic clocks and to create the highly astonishing Bose-Einstein condensate. This conversation was held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, USA on June 11, 2005, after official working hours


The signatures of the Divine


Prof. Amit Goswami from the University of Oregon, Eugene, USA proposes a new science based on the primacy of consciousness. The author puts forth four profound examples that attempt to illustrate the validity of the existence of God – Quantum Measurement, Biological Evolution, Perception and Mind-body Healing. Based on this new paradigm which is grounded in quantum physics, he simultaneously endeavors to resolve various paradoxical features such as creativity, fossil gaps, the riddle of perception and rapidly growing mind-body healing which our existing scientific conceptions find hard to explain.


Search for the Role of God in Scientific Research


Dialogue with one of the greatest biologists of our times, Prof. Werner Arber, whose significant contributions have shaped the world of biotechnology. Prof. Arber received the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1978 for his discovery of the restriction enzymes and their application to problems of molecular genetics. He is currently an Emeritus Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. This meeting was held at the University of Basel, Switzerland on September 16, 2003.


The Convergence of Science and Religion


Prof. Townes is one of the greatest 20th-century scientists whose investigations into the properties of microwaves resulted first in the maser, a device which amplifies electromagnetic waves, and later into his co-invention of the laser, which amplifies and directs light waves into parallel direct beams. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1964.