Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

The priest who fathered the Big Bang

March 10th, 2017

Cancelled due to the weather. 

A perspective on the interaction of science and religion.

Georges Lemaitre was a Belgian mathematician, physicist and Catholic priest who conceived the Big Bang model for the origin of the cosmos. Historical research over the past decade has not only shown how central was Lemaitre’s role in the early 20th century search for cosmic origins, but also illuminates the unique difficulties Lemaitre faced in defending his scientific model in view of his very public profession as priest. I will use this fascinating piece of 20th century scientific history to provide a perspective on the present day polemics regarding the interaction of science and religion.