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Breakthrough Prize winner Aron Wall on faith and science

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Mountain View’s Aron Wall lives and breathes science, pondering fundamental insights about quantum field theory and gravity that have earned him this year’s prestigious Breakthrough New Horizons in Physics Prize, to be awarded in a red-carpet ceremony at NASA Ames on Sunday.
 
But the 34-year-old believes just as fervently in divine intervention, which saved him from traditional education — where he had been forced to repeat algebra and was uninspired by geometry, while his heart sang with Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.
 
“I was in trouble. It felt like a very gloomy tunnel, with no way out. I needed someone to step in and rescue me,” said Wall, a devout Christian who worships at New Life Church in Cupertino, part of the the Church of the Nazarene. “It was providence. God acted through Middle College,” a Foothill College program in Los Altos Hills where he flourished emotionally and intellectually.  [Read more.]