Summer Survey of Chemistry
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Gen. 1:1).
Introduction to Chemistry
Our Milky Way Galaxy is thought to have some one hundred to two hundred billion stars, and is thought to be about one hundred thousand light-years across. The nearest galaxy bigger than the Milky Way is the Andromeda Galaxy, containing some two hundred to three hundred billion stars and located about two million light-years away. Hugh Ross, astrophysicist, states: “If the mass density were smaller, the influence of gravity would be too weak for stars like the Sun and planets like Earth to form. On the other hand, if the mass density were greater, only stars much larger than the Sun would form. Either way, the universe would contain no stars like the Sun or planets like Earth, and life would have no possible home. The required fine-tuning is so extreme (one part in a quadrillion, quadrillion, quadrillion, quadrillion) that if one were to remove or add a single dime’s worth of mass to this vast cosmos, the balance of the observable universe would be thrown off and physical life would not be possible. Such amazing fine-tuning suggests the involvement of a supernatural, super intelligent Creator.”
Pictured on the left is cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who struggles with the disease, ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). He once said: “You cannot understand the glories of the universe without believing there is some Supreme Power behind it.” He is not a Christian, but we as Christians believe Psalm 19:1 which affirms: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
So what are we to make of the observations of the two recognized scientists mentioned above? For starters, we have a responsibility as Christians to use our intelligence to learn from scientific observations and discoveries what makes it all work. The science of chemisty answers many of the questions we have about matter, mass, gravity, density and much much more. While the answers do not satisfy every question humans have about how the created universe is designed, as humans, we have the mental capacity to learn about some chemistry facts that impact our daily lives, to help our personal survival, and improve our quality of life. We also have the capacity to continue making scientific discoveries to improve the human race.
Some People Describe Chemistry Like This:
Chemistry is the basic understanding of what makes up our universe. You burp? There's a reaction behind it. You listen to music? There are reactions and atoms behind it. Chemistry is behind everything.
Chemistry is the study of the electronic behavior of atoms and molecules, and nuclear interactions.
Chemistry is concerned with the composition, behavior (or reaction), structure, and properties of matter, as well as the changes it undergoes during chemical reactions.
Physics is the foundation for studying chemistry. It is the study of interactions of fields and forces.
Some of the earliest Chemists were actually Physicists working on particular projects. Chemistry is governed by the laws of physics.