Every day, physicists and astronomers confront the wonders of the universe. But does staring into the sublime abyss incline them toward a belief in God? Not if you ask the physicists at The University of Nottingham School of Physics and Astronomy, who answer big questions on YouTube and Sixty Symbols, including “What happens if you stick your hand inside the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator?
The Nottingham physicists are in some good company. According to a well-known 1997 study published in Nature, biologists within the National Academy of Sciences rejected God and immortality at rates of 65.2% and 69.0%. Meanwhile, when physical scientists were polled, the numbers rose to 79.0% and 76.3%. The summary originally published by Nature now appears here.