What Is Man? (Interview with Edgar Andrews)
by J Warner Wallace
(Editor’s Note: I’m thrilled to present this interview of Dr. Edgar Andrews, whom I myself had previously had the opportunity to interview. Dr. Andrews is very likely both the most humble man and smartest man I know, and his passion for sharing the Gospel is off the scale. I was asked by Dr. Andrews to submit an endorsement for the book discussed in the following interview (WHAT IS MAN?: Adam, Alien or Ape? on sale here for only $3.99!) which I was more than happy to oblige as Dr. Andrews has a way of putting complex ideas in laymen’s terms in a very readable, and many time humorous way. I encourage you to pick up a copy today!—Greg)
One of the most pressing issues related to human identity and purpose is the answer to a simple question: “How did we get here?” This is the first question asked by any worldview (including the Christian worldview), and the answer unlocks many of the other mysteries of life. Edgar Andrews, physicist, engineer, and Emeritus Professor of Materials at Queen Mary, University of London, addresses this important question in his new book:
Edgar, can you tell my readers a little bit about your background?
Both my professional life and my Christian life go back 65 years, so I’ll have to be selective. Professionally, I am Emeritus Professor of Materials at UK’s London University, and hold a first degree in theoretical physics, a PhD in Applied Physics, and a DSc (higher doctorate) in the Physics of polymeric materials. I have published well over 100 peer-reviewed research papers and a few technical books and am a Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics and a Chartered Engineer.
Following ten years in industrial science, I obtained a senior university post and was charged with the creation of a Department of Materials at Queen Mary College (a constituent School of the University of London). Five years later, at the age of 35, I became its first Head and was appointed to the first Chair of Materials in the University. I also served for three years as Dean of Engineering.
In furtherance of my subject, I was able to continue my links with industry, serving as an international consultant to the Dow Chemical Company, USA, for over thirty years and to the 3M Company, USA, for over 20 years. I was also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Finnish National Oil Company for five years, and a non-executive director of a UK public ceramics company for ten years.
During the last twenty years before I retired, I frequently acted as an expert witness in the UK High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as in Canadian and American courts, in a variety of long-running patent and product-liability cases.
My Christian life has run in parallel with (but not separated from!) my professional life, where I have always confessed openly my faith in Jesus Christ at every opportunity. I was not brought up in a Christian home and until I was 18 I had no interest in religion. However, during my first year at university…