About the Author: Benjamin Fain was born in Kiev
He obtained his Ph.D.D. from the Gorky University (USSR) and acquired a worldwide reputation in the field of laser physics
His activism as a Soviet refusenik, working to bring a cultural, spiritual dimension to the Jewish national movement in the Soviet Union, earned him a thick file with the KGB
After suffering Soviet repression, in 1977 he was finally allowed to fulfill his lifelong dream to move to Israel, where he has been living and working ever since
He is currently Professor Emeritus of the School of Chemistry, Tel Aviv University
Hardcover, 351 pp
The Russian Edition has 2 parts:
Part one: Thoughts on Science, Divine Providence, Free Will, and Faith
Part two: Personal story- The Perspective of My Own Experiences
Creation Ex Nihilo is about science and faith, the secular view on the one hand, and the Jewish-religious view on the other
Professor Benjamin Fain, the renowned physicist and Soviet refusenik, here adds his contribution to the literature showing that there is no contradiction between science and Judaism.
In a scholarly yet readable philosophical meditation, Fain addresses the mind and soul; science, its character and cognizance; the evolution of life and divine providence;
and Godís omnipotence and omniscience versus humansí freedom of will. Fain demonstrates how the human self with its soul, desires,
and emotions is linked to the infinite divine mind. In this world of interplay between divine providence and free will, there is a place for human creativity; new things, including science, are created ex nihilo.
This book demonstrates conclusively that not only do science and Judaism not collide, they complement each other in helping us to comprehend the world we live in
This book is also available in English
Excellent reviews from Natan Shcharansky, Prof. Yosef Budenheimer, Rav Yakov Ariel, Rav Yuval Sherlo
Publisher Price $28.00"