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  1. 05 Jun '05 22:48

    "Understanding the order in the universe and understanding the purpose in the universe are not identical, but they are also not very far apart."

    Charles Hard Townes.

    When Charles Hard Townes suddenly figured out how to tame microwaves and, in the process, set the foundation for the development of masers and lasers, it changed the modern world. But, for Townes, who would go on to win the Nobel Prize in Physics for his realization that day, it was also a moment that spoke to a larger truth, about how the power of revelation — not unlike that recorded in the scriptures — evidences the similarity of science and religion.