Letter from Henry Margenau to Christian B. Anfinsen
This is the third in a series of four letters exchanged between Henry Margenau (1919-1997), a professor of physics at Yale
University, and Anfinsen. In this follow-up to Anfinsen's responses to a series of questions regarding the relationship
between science and religion, Morgenau thanked the scientist for his insight and asked that he expand on his answer to question
six in the original inquiry.
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1989-03-13 (March 13, 1989)
Anfinsen, Christian B.
Reproduced with permission of Liesel Margenau.
Letter from Henry Margenau to Christian B. Anfinsen (June 1988)
Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen to Henry Margenau (June 28, 1988)
Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen to Henry Margenau (March 28, 1989)
Many thanks for your prompt response to my letter requesting your views on the origin of the universe, of life and of homo
sapiens (I enclose a copy of the letter). I found your replies to the questions profoundly illuminating as well as deeply
moving. It is a great honor for me to include them in the anthology Origins: Scientific Perspectives.
I was particularly impressed by your comment that "We must admit that there exists an incomprehensible power or force
with limitless foresight and knowledge that started the whole universe going in the first place." If you have the time
I would greatly appreciate your expanding a little further on this theme for the anthology. My home address is the one above.
You can write me either here or at the Yale Physics Department. Thank you very much again for your collaboration in this