Humphry Davy was an esteemed British chemist and physicist who vastly expanded chemical knowledge by isolating and identifying a host of new chemical elements and by linking the action of acids to hydrogen instead of oxygen. He was also an inventor, and the mentor of Michael Faraday.
From a Unification perspective, one can make the following observations:
- Humphry Davy's commitment to experimental science led to the isolation and identification of many elements. Unification thought points out the importance of unity of mind and body, and when one extends that philosophy to the realm of science, it implies that the pursuit of knowledge requires unity between theoretical formulations and experimental work—neither is sufficient by itself.
- Davy was both a help and a hindrance to Faraday's work. Some of the friction probably stemmed from jealousy and professional rivalry, and some of it may be attributed to the class system in England at that time. Unification thought points out that it is because of humanity's separation from God that people have lost their connection to the values by which they would appreciate all people as God's children and as members of the global family of humanity. Thus, instead of encouraging one another, people tend to tear down others in the quest for personal glory. People need to cultivate their connection with God, who is humanity's Parent and the source of values of goodness, so that people can appreciate their own value and the value of others around them.