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Understanding the universe from within: A theoretical physicist's perspective - Dr Amanda Weltman
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24 June 2010
In 2009 Dr Amanda Weltman, a theoretical physicist, was named Best Emerging Young Woman Scientist by the Department of Science and Technology of the government of South Africa, for her distinguished contributions and achievements in science.
Dr Weltman completed her PhD degreee in physics at Columbia University, New York, in 2007. During her PhD studies Dr Weltman coauthored two papers proposing the Chameleon Mechanism, which has developed into one of the most promising theories in modern theoretical cosmology. She is a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She also a member of the Resource Faculty for Maharishi University of Enlightenment.
On 24 June 2010, Dr Weltman gave a message of inspiration to the graduating students at the Commencement Ceremonies of Maharishi University of Enlightenment. In her address she said, 'We all share a common thread, a uniting passion. This is our search to understand the universe all around us and to make a lasting contribution to the world we inhabit.'
Quoting Albert Einstein, Dr Weltman said, 'We all wish to know the mind of God. This is one of our uniting goals.'
As a physicist or a scientist, Dr Weltman said she 'chases this knowledge by studying the universe around me, by studying the outside world—by trying to understand the ''stuff'' of which we are made',
She explained that scientists propose theories to explain what they observe. They use the language of science, which is usually mathematics, to do so; 'but we are always guided by the driving force of finding the most elegant and natural solutions or explanations. These theories are then held to the highest standards of experimental observational verification,' she said.
Dr Weltman commented that, 'as meditators and students of enlightenment, I'm learning that your work, your tasks are more focussed inwards. Your challenge is to understand the universe from within, to understand your own inner mind, your inner experience, and ultimately, that Holy Grail, to understand consciousness.'
Understanding each of our strengths, goals, and even our weaknesses, lights the path for us to help each other, Dr Weltman said. 'Through your work and meditation, scientists can be given the gift to sharpen two of the most valuable—often the most overlooked—tools, which are creativity and intuition.
'Through learning our methods and knowledge, I hope scientists can help sharpen your own tools of observation and understanding. I hope we can share with you the beautiful understanding we have gained of our universe. I hope this will be the beginning of an extended conversation.
'As a final word let me congratulate all of you for how far on your paths you have come.'
Please see also other articles about this Commencement ceremony:
* 'Real education, for higher consciousness': Maharishi University of Enlightenment celebrates third Commencement;
* MUE Commencement: Total Knowledge Based Education to be offered to ladies around world;
* Africa: Distinguished leader in women's education gives MUE Commencement Address;
* Ghana: Young students become the core of a peace-creating group.
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