# Hidden within Maxwell’s equations is the speed of light …

February 14, 2012 | Posted by News under Physics, Cosmology, News |

A reader writes, re the seven equations that rule our world …

My favorite are Maxwell’s equations with the wave equation and how all of them together explain light. Even hidden within them is the speed of light, as if the speed is an integral part of it’s being! Why is it that specific number? My last two semesters were on those equations and they still blow me away and show how ordered the universe is, even down to light. And the fact that God has allowed us minds to comprehend it is even more amazing.

Reminds some of us of our old high school science teacher, who liked to wear a tee shirt to teacher conferences* on which a Maxwell’s equation was written, ending “Let there be light!”

* He wore, as was expected in those days, a suit to school, under his lab coat. And no one dared tell him he couldn’t wear the tee shirt, in settings where business dress was not required.

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General Relativity too!

I like this quote from the ‘7 Equations that rule our world’ article:

Well to throw a somewhat of a damper on the enthusiasm for finding a mathematical equation that is a ‘theory of everything’. First, String Theory, and M-theory, are both infamous for their lack to be established by empirical confirmation;

Second, Godel, who is considered by many to be the preeminent mathematician of the 20th century, showed that one cannot develop a ‘complete’ mathematical theory of everything without including God as the basis of that mathematical ‘theory of everything’;

Godel also had this to say:

And when we realize that God is required to bring ‘completeness’ to mathematics, and if we allow the possibility that God might have actually become incarnate in Christ, just as is resolutely claimed in Christianity, then we find that a very credible, empirically backed, reconciliation between General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics ‘naturally’ jumps out at us:

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