Code Name God: The Spiritual Odyssey of a Man of Science
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Code Name God: The Spiritual Odyssey of a Man of Science

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The inventor of the technology that has made LASIK eye surgery possible shares his personal crisis of faith as a man of science who, after a successful career, confronted the emptiness of existence. Original.
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by The Crossroad Publishing Company (first published 2005)
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The first half of the book flows well like an autobiography and is pretty touching at times. Personally I felt some level of gloating at the initial pages but then his rags to riches story completely justified it.

The flow of his personal life goes on well till it reaches some proverbial brick wall where it suddenly takes a massive detour and goes on to give a brief summary of everything related to physics, metaphysics, with some sprinkle of spirituality in attempt to blend it seamlessly. Althou...more
A journey from Bengal to Bel Air, the struggle of a boy from an impoverished background during the turbulent periods of famine and freedom struggle, a life profoundly influenced by the ideals of Gandhi and other social thinkers. The future discoverer of laser technology, which has now facilitated the LASIK technology had very little of his father who was a freedom fighter and a teacher but somewhere deep down below his teachings led him higher. But to me, a certain hypocrisy enshrouds the person...more
Mani Bhaumik is a scientist who came up from a very very rural area of West Bengal, India. As another Science student from West Bengal, he has always been a great idol for me. This book came to my hands when I knew almost nothing about him. Apart from any study books this was the first book i read by a scientist.
But this is not about description or elaboration of scientific facts or topics. Mr. Bhaumik tells us about himself, how he had to struggle to be what he is. Then comes the life of a wea...more
Rick Biswas
The book helps you to believe in spirituality scientifically as well as to learn the ways of Meditation for betterment of your health and mind. And as the author proved the existence of some outer power on us and the uni/multiverse by some rules and experiment in quantum physics you are bound to believe in it as because its all scientific. The author has considered the outer power as "Brahmma".

Although redolent of it, I found this a little different from Stephen Hawking's The Theory of Everything & Michio Kaku's Parallel worlds, which I had read quite a while ago. The first half feels like an autobiography of sorts after which there comes a flash flood of physical theory before finally eliciting the need for both the physical & metaphysical.

I suppose, what science cant explain becomes metaphysical. And as science does not have concrete answers to what existed before singularit...more
A fascinating viewpoint, of a man who met the most spiritually represented man of India, Ghandi and yet to have left behind his spiritual culture for the twentieth centures great invention the lazer and was on "Life of the rich and famous". His life is a rollercoaster of spiritual wealth to monitary fame. His path leads back to the need for balance, that science and god can find a shared path and only in the last 200 years have we divided them... a worth while read. I finally understand quantum...more
It was yet another perception about the supreme. A different thought for sure.
Anky Mitra
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Rajiv Bhattacharya
I was quite disappointed by this book. While I was expecting a spiritual journey of physicist I found the book to be nothing of that sort. The book starts of with the childhood of the author with a focus on the poor conditions he was brought up in , moves on to references of India's freedom struggle , mindles rambling of physics concepts ( I failed to see the link with the subject ) and ends with the authors note on why meditation is a good practice . In short none of the parts of the book have...more
The author Mani Bhaumik starts explaining how he ended up doing research in spirituality. He tells us his story from rags to riches. And then what made him go in search of explanation for spirituality.

The scientist explains spiritaulity with science and conlcudes that God exists. He refers to a lot of Physics theories to conclude at this point.

I felt it dificult to understand the last few chapters in which he dives deep into the theories of Physics. Other than that the book is fine.
Feroz Khan Hamid
The starting of the book is the life story of Mani Bhaumik - how he survived through his harsh childhood, and how his dreams were coming true... As we keep on reading, we go through his spiritual journey as well. Towards the end of the book, he talks about metaphysics, spirituality and how its connected with science. Just pure science :) His true passions about science and how it is connected with meditation, etc are portrayed by him in this book. I loved this book :)
Araf Karsh
There is a recent trend in which lot of writers of meta-physics likes to connect it to pure science so that they can looked more relevant in todays scientific world. However, its an interesting read or rather a spiritual journey if thats the path you would like to travel...
A scientist attempts to explain the existence of god through advanced physics. The author tells the story of his life (which is a great story in and of itself) and then relates his life and scientific knowledge to the existence of God.
The book looked very promising at the beginning but after first half (or so), I felt the author got lost in himself way too much and somewhere it made me lose my interest in the book altogether.
Ashraf Abbas
"Science without religion is lame,
Religion without science is blind" - Einstein

Good read for those want to read something on the marriage between science and religion...

Venkose Subbu
The simplest explanation of quantum physics I've come across yet! And trying to understand god is a cherry topping!
Listened to this book on tape. Rags to riches and filled with spirituality. Love you Mani!
Sriram V
Oct 09, 2007 Sriram V rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
A nice book , which introduces spirituality through science.The author is the inventor of LASIK
Fantastic combination of spirituality and science .. this changed my ideas about GOD ..
Rahul Sarkar
Saransh Mehta
An amazing rags-to-riches and yet spiritual book.
Pratip Aditya
Awesome book. . .
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Mani Lal Bhaumik is an Indian-born American physicist. He is a lecturer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
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