Daniel Friedmann, long-time President and CEO of Canada's leading aerospace company, is on a mission to demonstrate the scientific accuracy of biblical texts, blurring the boundaries between science and religion. He will be visiting the Brew Creek Centre on Monday (Feb. 11), explaining the theory behind his book The Genesis One Code.
In his first published book, Friedmann compares the book of Genesis with everything that is known about science's accepted timeline of Earth and the Universe. He claims he has developed a mathematical formula that converts "Bible time" into years as we know them. With this formula he can plug in major scientifically accepted events like the age of the universe, the creation of the sun, and life on Earth and have his calculations produce more than 20 Bible/science matches for events described in Genesis.
"Using my formula, I have found at least 20 events that match to exact scientific measurement, the odds seem impossible that this is a mere coincidence," challenged Friedmann.
As explained in his book, Friedmann developed the formula — 1,000 X 365 X 7,000.
"I had been studying the numbers for a while, but it wasn't until I was relaxed and backcountry skiing that I actually figured out the formula," chuckled Friedmann. "The 1,000 number represents what Psalms in the Bible tells us is one of God's days. The 365 number represents the days in a solar year, and from other studies of the scriptures it has been found that universe was made in seven of God's days, which translates to seven thousand years."
From the equation, Friedman has come up with a ratio of one creation day in Genesis being equivalent to 2.56 billion solar years.
To make his equation accessible to the "common person," Friedmann helped create a free app called Bible Clock that allows users to convert from the biblical timeline of the six days of creation in Genesis to the scientific timeline of billions of years and vice versa.
“I guess my fascination between religion and science really grew in university. The more I studied science, in particular physics and cosmology, the more I realized that science doesn't have all the answers. I found it intriguing that both science and religion didn't have an explanation for what happened in the beginning of time and how our universe came to be. I've been comparing the two ever since,” explained Friedmann.
While his book has garnered a lot of praise and debate, Friedmann's credible background is not in question.
He has a master's in engineering physics and 30 years of experience in the space industry. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers on space industry topics and he is the CEO of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (MDA), the company behind Canada's robotic arm.
Adding to his success, Friedmann and his company MDA just inked a $706 million contract with the Canadian Space Agency to design, build, operate the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM). RCM is a radar-based surveillance and defence security satellite system, made up of three satellites providing 24-hour coverage and monitoring of coastal zones, northern territories and Arctic waterways.
When Friedmann isn't conjuring up new business deals or theorizing about the origins of the universe and humanity, the outdoor enthusiast can be found on his bike, rock climbing or skiing. He says that physical activity clears his mind after a long day in the office.
For tickets and information about Friedmann's presentation presented by the Whistler Forum for Leadership and Dialogue, visit http://thebrewcreekcentre.com/genesis-one-code/.