Re: [asa] William Conyers Herring

From: Randy Isaac <>
Date: Wed Dec 09 2009 - 10:42:30 EST

Thanks for the link, Moorad. If Herring gave those lectures at Stanford in
1985, I'm quite sure Dick Bube was not yet retired and given his role as
department head of materials science and his activities in science and
religion, there must have been some communication between them at that time.
But I've never come across anything of the sort. Perhaps Herring's
"nonjudgmental faith in Jesus Christ" was too far from the ASA statement of


From: "Alexanian, Moorad" <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 10:47 PM
To: "Randy Isaac" <>; <>
Subject: RE: [asa] William Conyers Herring

> Thanks Randy for the info. I read the December issue of Physics Today and
> did not read the obituaries. People can access Herring's obituary at
> Max Planck said that the honest pursuit of science leads to God.
> Moorad
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> Randy Isaac []
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> Subject: [asa] William Conyers Herring
> The name William Conyers Herring may not mean much to many of you, unless
> you're into condensed matter physics. He was a colleague of John Bardeen
> and he started the famous solid-state theoretical physics group at Bell
> Labs. His obituary is in the current issue of Physics Today. The reason
> for mentioning him on this list is a brief comment in the last paragraph
> of that obituary, written by Phil Anderson, Ted Geballe, and Walt
> Harrison. The middle two sentences of that paragraph are:
> "Having a deep, nonjudgmental faith in Jesus Christ, he was a lecturer,
> with nine others, of a science-and-religion series at Stanford in 1985. He
> thought that theology underlies science because 'science is ultimately
> based on leaps of intuition and aesthetic perceptions.'"
> This is the first I was aware of Herring's interest in theology. Has
> anyone else on this list come across his lectures? Any writings on that
> topic? Any ideas of what his theology really was? Doesn't sound exactly
> evangelical to me but I wonder what it was.
> Randy

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