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Of Lasers and Prayer

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Science  15 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5328, pp. 891
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5328.891

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Charles Townes, who in 1964 shared with two Russian researchers the Nobel Prize for the invention of the laser, is a devout, though "non-doctrinaire" believer. He holds that science and religion are entering a cycle of reconciliation, as researchers find themselves up against seemingly unanswerable questions.