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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was born in Calcutta, India, in 1896. After earning his degree at Scottish Churches' College, he met his spiritual master, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, who requested him to spread the science of Krishna consciousness to the Western people through the medium of the English language. In furfillment of this order, Shrila Prabhupada came to America in 1965 and founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, which he molded into a worldwide confederation of ashramas, schools, temples, and farm communities. During his lifetime (1896-1977), Shrila Prabhupada wrote and published some seventy volumes of translations and commentaries on India's Vedic literature which are now standard in universities around the world. In 1976, Shrila Prabhupada established the Bhaktivedanta Institute, composed of ISKCON members with advanced degrees in the sciences. The Institute is devoted to the study of the Vedic literatures and their relationship with modern science.

Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami (Dr. T. D. Singh) was born in Manipur, India, in 1941. He received his B.S. with honors from Gauhati University, his Master of Technology degree with honors from Calcutta University, his M.S. in chemistry from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, and in 1974 completed his Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry at the University of California at Irvine. His research interests include molecular biology, chemical evolution and the origins of life, the nature of consciousness, biomedical ethics, and the philosophy of science. He is currently a member of the American Chemical Society, the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is presently the director of the Bhaktivedanta Institute.

Sadaputa dasa, born in New York in 1947, received his B.S. in mathematics and physics from the State University of New York at Binghampton, his M.A. in mathematics from Syracuse University, and in 1974 received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Cornell University, where he specialized in probability theory. His research interests include information theory, quantum mechanics, mathematical models for the study of life, and the philosophy of science.

Questions and comments about the subject matter of this book can be sent to Sadaputa dasa in Alachua.

"The possibility is always open that there may exist an unlimited variety of additional properties, qualities, entities, systems, levels, etc. to which apply correspondingly new kinds of laws of nature."

David Bohm, Professor of Physics

"In my search for the secret of life, I ended up with atoms and electrons, which have no life at all. Somewhere along the line, life has run out through my fingers. So, in my old age, I am now retracing my steps..."

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
1937 Nobel Laureate,
Physiology and Medicine

"We can admittedly find nothing in physics or chemistry that has even a remote bearing on consciousness. Yet all of us know that there is such a thing as consciousness, simply because we have it ourselves. Hence consciousness must be part of nature, or, more generally, of reality, which means that, quite apart from the laws of physics and chemistry, as laid down in quantum theory, we must also consider laws of quite a different kind."

Niels Bohr
1922 Nobel Laureate, Physics

"It seems to me pretty plain that there is a third thing in the universe, to wit, consciousness, which ... I cannot see to be matter or force, or any conceivable modification of either ...

Thomas H. Huxley
Biologist and Humanist