Science’s tower of Babel


Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 11:4)

It was 1927. The Great War was over and the Great Depression had not yet begun. The late nineteenth century confidence that physics was near completion had met with Einstein’s theories or relativity early in the twentieth century, and physics was experiencing a great outburst activity. And then in 1927 God said no, as he said at the tower of Babel.