The Bible touches upon aerodynamics in the Book of Job and evidences a remarkable understanding long before modern science. This is evidence that the Ultimate Author of Scripture is outside of our Time-Space-Matter universe.
Source of Air Flow and Wind Movement
“By what way is light diffused, or the east wind scattered over the earth?” Job 38: 24
This is a very subtle yet profound
verse. Using a Hebrew stylistic approach of associating two related matters,
Job links light (or heat) with the movement of wind. The Hebrew word translated
as “light” means “the light of day, morning light or daylight”. The Hebrew word
translated “diffused” means “to divide, distribute or apportion”.
The Scripture seems to
be connecting light (and its associated heat) with the movement of wind. Sure
enough, as the intensity of light and therefore heat changes (or is diffused), there
is a change in temperature. Changes in temperature between two locations is a
major contributing factor in bringing about wind.
It wasn’t until the 1600’s or some 3,600 years after Job wrote this verse that science really began to understand what caused there to be wind. An Italian scientist by the name of Evangelista Torricelli was the first to provide an explanation for the cause of wind. He is famous today as the inventor of the barometer. His work ultimately determined that wind comes about as a result of differences in air temperature (and resulting changes in air density), between two places.
Relevant Pioneer Quote
George S. Hawke is a world renown
meteorologist and senior environmental consultant. He holds a B.S. with first
class honors in physics from the University of Sydney, and a Ph.D. in air
pollution meteorology from Macquarie University.
For more than 2 decades, Dr.
Hawke worked as an environmental scientist and environmental consultant for
Australian regulatory bodies. His work has provided the field of environmental
science with quantum leaps forward in its understanding of the impact of
pollution on the world’s atmosphere.
“The Bible is the only reliable and consistent source of truth; it is like a fixed frame of reference. Other authorities, such as science and logic, are not sufficient, as they may change in time and space; they are like a changing frame of reference.”
George S. Hawke, (as quoted within John F. Ashton’s work, In Six Days – Why 50 Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation) (2000)
The Bible is accurate in its
understanding of aerodynamics.