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Stories from Professor Greene

Stories from Professor Greene

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The following vignettes are from the recently released work, Curiosity and the Desire for Truth, in which a NASA scientist recounts his search for higher meaning and deeper understanding of purpose. Along the way, he encounters one of the greatest spiritual leaders of the 20th century, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

All of a sudden, billions of dollars were being appropriated to work in a field that no one knew anything about.
When you’re on Earth, it’s difficult to get a good perspective of what it’s like on the moon.
Rabbi Feller said to me, “There are those people who think you shouldn’t be doing this kind of work. Why don’t you ask the Rebbe?”
In the NASA program, the Rebbe understood, there had always been a problem with balancing weight limits versus fuel needs in space flights.
In 1961, President Kennedy firmly committed the U.S. to landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade. The president announced his national goal, and we were obliged to pull it off, ready or not. At this point, we hadn't even seen the back side of the moon!
If a group of people are confined together for 830 years, how can you make them get along? The history of mankind tells you that there’s never been a 40-year period without one group of people deciding to eliminate another.
“Rabbi Feller, the interview is over; you’ve insulted me. You came for an appointment with me and all of a sudden you’re doing some mumbo-jumbo.”
Honestly, I recognized that poem. I didn’t need any more propaganda. I didn’t need anymore. This was for me.
We all knew exactly what a dinosaur looked like – we’d seen the pictures in our grade-school textbooks. Obviously we’d know a dinosaur when we saw it!
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