The Heavens Declare His Handiwork

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 Definitions:

Physics (Wikipedia): (Greek: öýóéò (phúsis), “nature” and öõóéêῆ (phusiké), “knowledge of nature”) is the branch of science concerned with the discovery and characterization of universal laws which govern matter, energy, space, and time. The role of physics, then, is to provide a logically ordered picture of nature in agreement with experience.

Spirit (Wikipedia): The English word “spirit” comes from the Latin spiritus, meaning “breath” (compare spiritus asper), but also “soul, courage, vigor”, ultimately from a PIE root *(s)peis- (“to blow”). In the Vulgate, the Latin word translates Greek (ðíåõìá), pneuma (Hebrew (רוח) ruah), as opposed to anima, translating psykhç. The word was loaned into Middle English via Old French espirit in the 13th century. In India Prana means breath.

The distinction between soul and spirit became current in Judeo-Christian terminology (e.g. Greek. psykhe vs. pneuma, Latin anima vs. spiritus, Hebrew ruach vs. neshama or nephesh; in Hebrew neshama from the root NSHM or breath.)