I want to ask about the ethical impact of being a scientist and belief in the Torah, but I'm not sure how to keep it from being opinion-based.
A member of my shul, an award-winning bio-chemist who was on the short-list to win a Nobel a couple of years ago (he was in the top 5 of scientists in the field that was recognized for the Chemistry prize, for which only two were recognized). He made an interesting point about his own ethical issue. As a scientist involved in biology, he must assume the existence of biological evolution, and this conclusion is apparent in the papers he writes which discuss how cell biology and behavior evolve over time. On the other hand, he religiously believes that the Torah's account of creation is the truth, although perhaps not literal in all respects. Are there responsas that address this issue for scientists? I note that there have been some pretty amazing rabbinic scholars who were also scientists, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, for one. So I would imagine there must be something, but I don't want to raise the issue and find that all there is are opinions and no rabbinic analysis. Suggestions?