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Reflections of a Scientist

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Elder Neal A. Maxwell once called Henry Eyring "the most distinguished Mormon scientist of this dispensation."

Henry Eyring discusses various aspects of science, religion, and life. Some of his topics are truth, heredity and environment, communication, freedom through obedience, the Church, Church leaders, work, the scriptures, the age of the Earth, organic evolution, natu
Hardcover, 101 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by Deseret Book Co
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Jul 19, 2009 Carol rated it really liked it
A quote I like from page 47

"I have trouble understanding why people drift away from the Church. I'm sure the reasons are different and varied. I can understand if a person wants to misbehave and has to rationalize to himself. He has to think he's all right. But I also understand that people who think they have to be as smart as the Lord, understand everything, and have no contradictions in their minds may have trouble. There are all kinds of contradictions I don't understand, but I find the same
Sep 08, 2010 Dahlene rated it really liked it
I really loved the beginning of this book. I was enthralled with some of the facts Henry came up with. There is so much out there to be explored that we may never find the answers to. It is mind-boggling to think about this world, our solar system, our universe, and other worlds, other solar systems, and other universes out there. I loved Henry connected science with religion and finds truth in both. The middle of the book got a little deep and I didn't understand some of what he was talking abo ...more
Apr 07, 2008 Amber rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Laura
Truly inspiring, one of my favorite LDS books. I have a deep respect for the Eyring family, and was very moved by this candid look at the personality, beliefs, achievements, (and many hilarious and interesting anecdotes) of Henry B. Eyring's father. I've always believed it's possible to reconcile science and religion, and it was very gratifying to see one of the world's top physicists and a devout Mormon so succinctly explain his faith.
Jun 28, 2015 Douglas rated it really liked it
Interesting that one of his last points was to never support the truth with bad arguments, or "defend a good cause with bad arguments." We need to think and inquire. Sort out the truth from error and start again. I felt very clearly as I read this how well Henry Eyring knew that God is real and that He loves us and is perfectly aware of us.

There were a few lame jokes and maybe a few lines that would bother some people (read: his talk of his wives, meeting him in heaven...) But this was great and
Matthew Kern
Jul 18, 2013 Matthew Kern rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, theology
I really liked this quick read of the thoughts (reflections) of a man that was in the search for truth. He found that in his life science and religion enriched each other. It was a refreshing view in a world that puts science and religion at odds with each other.

A Few quotes:
"Faith is feeling good about myself, feeling good about God, and muddling along after truth as best I can."

"The significant thing about a scientist is this: he simply expects the truth to prevail because it is the truth. He
Jan 15, 2009 Branden rated it really liked it
I read this book during my first year of College and while reading I became a huge fan of Dr. Eyring and his ideas. It was refreshing to read about his way of viewing our world and how Science and all of its' new discoveries that continue to occur are all part of God's plan. This was very comforting to read since my thoughts were very similar to his and also considering how many people try to say that both Science and God can't co-exist. It was comforting to read about Dr. Eyring's strong belief ...more
Aug 30, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds-religious
The cover on my book reads:"In September 1919, Henry Eyring's father told him, 'You go over to the University of Arizona and learn everything you can, and wahtever is ture is a part of the gospel.' Henry took that advice and eventually became a widely respected scientist."

I really loved this book. (I'm about to read it again it was so good). It made me feel so much better about my own beliefs and how I feel about science and religion. There are already some great quotes in the other reviews and
Feb 25, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
Great book! Henry Eyring was an amazing scientist (worked with Einstein) and very faithful man. He teaches about truth. The gospel is all truth--wherever it comes from. Science and faith work together to help us know God better. It's neat to learn from his example, knowledge, and testimony.

Here are a few quotes that I really like (about having a passion for what you do, hard work and priorities, obedience, and kindness):

"If science or whatever else you have chosen to do is just an eight-hour da
Nov 10, 2013 Dad rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds, naturalist
This book is written by the premier LDS scientist to this time. It provides the liason between science and religion. It helps one sort out what type of things to not believe or to believe about science and religion.
It is said that the author would have received a Nobel Prize had he not taught at an isolated university like the University of Utah and been a Mormon. I am sure he regrets neither but perhaps the Nobel people regret it now.
This book gave me a lot of insight being a science teacher
Mar 02, 2015 woody rated it it was amazing
This book is actually written by Henry Eyring who is Henry B. Eyring's father. Jaynee read it for a college class and recommended it to me. Loved reading about how science and religion go hand in hand. Dr Eyring has a great sense of humor as well.
Mar 16, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is for anyone who thinks that LDS beliefs are in conflict with modern scientific theory, and a refreshing reminder to us all: the gospel is truth. Wherever it may be found. With his folksy style, I found myself forgetting that I was reading from one of last century's preeminent scientists for pages at a time, until he'd interject something about particle theory or a dinner he attended with a bunch of Nobel prize winners. A quick read, but carrying the weight of a lifetime of gospel and ...more
Katie Bullock
Dec 10, 2010 Katie Bullock rated it really liked it
This was fantastic. He was so matter-of-fact about science and religion not competing with each other that at times I had to laugh out loud. One of my favorite quotes: "In this life, there will always be unanswered questions. In fact, each answer seems to raise more questions. That's the way it is in science, too, and I don't apostatize from science for that reason. Actually, that's what makes science, and religion, fun. Faith is feeling good about myself, feeling good about God, and muddling al ...more
Feb 17, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
I expected a rather dull biographical or scientific book, and was pleasantly surprised to find a very easy-to-read, almost folksy series of essays by Henry B. Eyring. It sounds like the author often spoke to church groups, and put together his most interesting/entertaining talks for this compilation.

I love science, and have kids who love science, so I especially appreciated Bro. Eyring's commonsense approach to reconciling science and religion, summed up in the sentence, "I am obliged, as a Latt
Oct 25, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious
My mother gave this to me after we had discussed certain challenges that had been presented to me relative to gospel and science. In summary, Henry Eyring's view as a Mormon scientist is "I only have to believe those things that are true." He personally found no contradictions between functioning as a scientist and as a believer. He definitely didn't believe in an earth that was only 6,000 years old, and had no difficulty in accepting evolution as a mechanism of creation. He rejects the idea tha ...more
May 01, 2010 Greg rated it it was amazing
I really liked the wit and wisdom in this book. Here is a little sample that struck me as true:

"If I take everything I know from the scriptures and the prophets, and everything I know from science, and reconcile them, I still have as many unanswered question as I have ones with answers. No intellectual approach nails down everything. In this life, there will always be unanswered questions. In fact, each answer seems to raise more questions. That's the way it is in science, too, and I don't apost
Sep 23, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
This book is a really short but has a lot in it. I liked his thoughts on his relationship with God and how science proves that there is a God. However, a lot of his explanations where way too deep and over my head which made it hard for me to focus and concentrate on what I was reading. This is a summary of Henry's thoughts/feelings about God, a quote I really like, " GOd likes me and won't give up on me no matter what. He'll keep encouraging and praising me when he can, chastise when he must, b ...more
THIS!!! I love this! For one of my classes I've been reading "academic" Mormonism. So much complex thinking and hypothesizing and just plain "blerg." So I decided, on my own, to read something else. And this! This is wonderful. Funny, full of personality, simple- yet profound. I love this book. Sharp, sharp guy but he doesn't try to prove it. I could spend hours with him! He doesn't have all the answers but, by golly, he's got a good life philosophy. Someone down there calls it enthralling and t ...more
Apr 23, 2011 Ethan rated it liked it
I like the insights this book gives into the life and character of a well-known Mormon scientist, and the qualities he believed led him to succeed in science. He is extremely funny and the book is worth reading just for his stories, which range from his childhood in Mexico to his interactions with Einstein.

The chapters on science and faith towards the end of the book, however, left me wanting. I don't know exactly why, but I wasn't satisfied with the limited material there. I know he wrote a who
Matthew Call
Jul 29, 2015 Matthew Call rated it it was amazing
"The gospel is not the people in the Church. The gospel is not even the people who direct it. The gospel is the truth...All truth is part of the gospel regardless of how the truth has been learned...The Church would have been perfect if The Lord had not let people into it."
This was an interesting and affirming treatise on how science and religion can work together to lift and elevate mankind. The format is sometimes a bit scattered as it is essentially a series of talks given by one of the great
Oct 10, 2008 Brittney rated it really liked it
i thoroughly enjoyed this book. very interesting, and not nearly as "technical" or "scientific" as one might be led to believe, what with the title and all. okay, except for a couple of chapters near the end, which i guess i kind of skimmed.

most particularly, i loved seeing the genuineness of this man, henry eyring (henry b. eyring's father, for those of you who might be ineterested in the connection). it's a wonderful blend of optimism, realism, and gentle self-deprecation that i found myself b
Jun 11, 2015 Bruce rated it really liked it
This book is written by Henry Eyring who is Henry B. Eyring's father. Interesting insights in how mormonism and science are compatible. Great personal anecdotes. Funny, dry sense of humor in the writing.
Oct 01, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. It's well's just the musings of a man who is a scientist, so sometimes it's kind of random musings, but I love his perspective on religion and science. His main idea is that all truth is part of the gospel, so there really aren't any contradictions. Whatever is truth, we accept. I like that. If evolution is how God decided to create things, if the Earth really is millions of years old, it doesn't matter. Whatever is truth is part of the gospel.

He seems like som
Colleen O'grady
Jun 12, 2011 Colleen O'grady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to know about Latter-day Saint scientists
Recommended to Colleen by: I found it at a book sale
I was much encouraged when I was studying at University, very much on my own as a Social Scientist and a church member, that there were Latter-day Saint scientists and reading Eyring's work strengthened my Testimony of the Saviour and His creation. Since i purchased this book in 1995, I have often read it, drawing comfort from it. Eyring was a great scientists, and a great latter-day Saint. He is the father of Henry B. Eyring, 1st Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ o ...more
Apr 28, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: church
I can't believe that this book was in my house during all my growing up years and I never read it! I finally borrowed it because I was working on a speech for my boss to give at BYU-Idaho, and we wanted a science-religion tie.

This was such a quick read, and it had a perspective I could have used during some of my college courses (History of Evolution, especially). It is so nice to hear someone else laud the merits of science as an honest inquiry of the truth while still being able to maintain a
Feb 24, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Amber White
Fun look into the experiences of scientist Henry Eyering, father of Pres. Henry B Eyering, brother-in-law to Pres. Kimball, professor who was on faculty with Einstein....enough teasers?
I had anticipated more meaty science stuff, so I was a bit disappointed with the lack of that. However, I did enjoy that his answers to many ideas were basically the following: anything that is true is part of the gospel, the gospel is true, and there are some things we'll never know for certain in this life and T
May 01, 2008 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone who enjoys science or the search for truth.
I just finished reading this aloud, to my 93-year old father-in-law, who, like Henry Eyring, was a University of Utah professor. We both found it delightful. And we both found it brought back memories of our own conversations and experiences with this marvelous teacher of Chemistry.

I recommend it highly for its personal tone, and its view of this man's work and philosophy of life. But most of all, it's good for anyone struggling to reconcile apparent conflicts between science and religious faith
Jeremiah Keyes
Feb 28, 2012 Jeremiah Keyes rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed reading this book. As a scientist, I wish I could sit down with Henry Eyring and have a one on one discussion with him. There were many concepts presented in this book that have powerfully strengthened my testimony of the restored Gospel. I would strongly suggest this book to all members of the church, especially parents to help prepare them to help their children understand how to deal with supposed contradictions that are presented to them between science and religion.
Apr 19, 2009 Emlyn rated it it was amazing
I have loved this book since I borrowed my father's old edition when I was starting on my journey into the field of Anthropology. The content is the same in the new edition, which my father gifted to me as soon as it came out. I've read it several times. A WONDERFUL reconciliation of science and religion, written by the prize-winning scientist for whom the Chemistry buildings at the University of Utah and B.Y.U. are named. I especially love his discussion of the theory of evolution.
Jun 24, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This is a compliation of essays by President Eyring's father, Henry Eyring. In addition to being one of the greatest scientific minds of the 20th century, he maintained a firm and abiding religious faith as well as a healthy sense of humor in balancing the two seemingly opposite worlds. It was truly a delight to read. I've pulled it off the bookshelf several times since my first discovery to re-experience his witty comments, deep insights, and funny anecdotes. Love it!
Jul 14, 2008 Ashley rated it it was amazing
If you can't tell I'm on a science/religion kick! It has been a fascinating ride...enjoying a glimpse into some of the greatest religious and scientific minds of our time! This book is perfect for anyone that asks questions...IT's not necessarily a learning experience in science, but a brief commentary on Eyring thoughts regarding the two. In his mind Science sheds a great light on the teachings of religion and the miraculous nature and intelligence of God.
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Henry Bennion Eyring is an American educational administrator and religious leader who is First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Eyring was the Second Counselor to Gordon B. Hinckley in the First Presidency from October 6, 2007 until Hinckley's death on January 27, 2008. On February 3, 2008, Eyring was called to be the First Counsel ...more
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