On pages 48-49 of The Language God Talks: On Science and Religion, Herman Wouk states:
"A distinguished physicist once gave me a book of his inscribed, 'To Herman Wouk, one of the few who does not write if he does not understand.'
Not true here, alas. About astrophysics, I am the man on the street.
As a Columbia freshman I registered for an astronomy course, but upon
leafing the textbook crawling with calculus, I dropped out fast.
Astronomers, I guess, hear God talk all the time. In that language, I
never will. Galileo and Newton need no further words of mine."
is probably more of a science-guy than I am, though! To be honest, I
had a hard time getting into his discussions about science in The Language God Talks. They just didn't interest me, whereas his discussions about religion did.
long been this way about science. I remember when my fifth-grade
teacher was having conferences with each student to discuss grades, and
she noticed that I stayed the same in science: in both periods, I got a
"B". She said she had an idea about why I didn't improve in science:
because I didn't like it. And I was like, "Wow, how did you know?!"
(And I was not sarcastic in my response!)
There were a few times
in my junior high and high school years when I got more into science.
In seventh grade, I studied science diligently and got good grades.
Why? I think it was because I admired my teacher and wanted him to like
me. He was also my home-room teacher, and so, in a sense, he
exemplified to me the challenge of junior high school. When I was able
to answer one of his questions about science correctly, I felt smart.
eighth grade, I was a diligent student in science. I even made comic
books about the class material in studying for my quizzes and tests! I
think that I was studying hard to be among the smart kids, since I was
wanting to impress a particular girl. But, to tell you the truth,
science didn't interest me then.
In high school, I took biology,
chemistry, and physics, but they just did not engage me that much. I
usually studied for my biology and chemistry exams the day of the
exams! Regarding physics, I tried much harder, since it was Advanced
Placement, but there were some physics problems that I simply could not
figure out! One science class that I actually enjoyed, however, was
physical science. This was true for a variety of reasons. For one, I
felt smart in that class, since I had an edge in the first semester of
it, having already taken chemistry. Second, the material was
understandable to me. It wasn't over my head. Moreover, I was becoming
more religious, and so I was excited about studying God's creation,
without overdoing it by getting into territory that was too complex for me!
came easier for me. I one time took an IQ test, and my math IQ turned
out to be above average (not off-the-charts genius, but above average).
I took lots of math----Algebra I-II, Geometry, Analytic Geometry,
Trigonometry, and Calculus----and I did quite well in my classes.
when I entered college, and I had the option of skipping a subject
area, I skipped science and math altogether. I was required to take a
quantitative reasoning class, so I took logic. And, in the Honor
Scholars' Program I was in, I had to take a seminar on science and
postmodernism, but that class didn't get into the depths of science that
much, so I did fine.
Science still does not interest me a great
deal. Try as I might, I have difficulty getting into nature shows.
They just don't interest me. I prefer to watch documentaries about
history, politics, and religion----the adventures and struggles of human
beings! I get more interested in science when it is tied into
religion, however. I enjoy reading different perspectives on creation
and evolution, for example. In college, I read on my own time a debate
on creation and evolution between creationist Duane Gish and
evolutionist Ken Saladin, and I was fascinated by what Saladin was
saying. Whenever some of my more scientifically-inclined friends
discuss with me their views on the interaction between astronomy and
religious issues, I'm usually interested. But, when the topic is
science alone, I tend not to get excited.
I have contemplated,
however, reading more elementary books about science. My religious
beliefs hold that nature somehow reveals the mind of God, and I have
thought that perhaps studying science on a superficial level could help
me to arrive at a greater appreciation for the order and beauty within
nature (though not all of nature is orderly and beautiful!).