August 8 in freethought history…

English Physicist Paul Dirac,      who developed a wave equation for the electron.

English Physicist Paul Dirac, who developed a wave equation for the electron.

August 8, 1902 – Theoretical physicist Paul Dirac is born in Bristol, England. He made significant contributions to the fields of quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics, and shared the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics with Erwin Schrodinger. Of religion, Dirac said: “If we are honest—and scientists have to be—we must admit that religion is a jumble of false assertions, with no basis in reality. The very idea of God is a product of the human imagination. It is quite understandable why primitive people, who were so much more exposed to the overpowering forces of nature than we are today, should have personified these forces in fear and trembling.” Dirac died in 1984 in Tallahasssee, Florida.

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