David Brewster (1781-1868) founded the science of optical mineralogy, describing light polarization and inventing the kaleidoscope. He also made notable studies in astronomy, and received many scientific prizes and honors. He was one of the founders of the British Association for Advancement of Science, later serving as its president. One paper he published in the Association’s journal described a large nail found embedded in a large stone taken from a quarry. This discovery was, of course, ignored by the scientific world, which had recently become enamored of the geological ages. As Darwinism came on the scene, Brewster was one of its chief opponents in the scientific world for both scientific and Biblical reasons. He had studied for the ministry and combined his scientific research with preaching the Word. The Lord became much more personally real to him, however, after the death of his wife, when he experienced a true conversion and regeneration.
Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.