Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 5:00 PM
Lemaître, Teilhard, and Laudato Si':
Science and Faith in Confrontation and Collaboration
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center (Faunce House)
A light reception will follow the lecture.
Dr. Jonathan Lunine is the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences and the Director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science. His research insterests include how planets form and evolve, what processes maintain and establish habitability, and what kinds of exotic environments (methane lakes, etc.) might host a kind of chemistry sophisticated enough to be called "life." He pursues these interests through theoretical modeling and participation in spacecraft missions. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has participated in or chaired a number of advisory and strategic planning committees for the Academy and for NASA.
As a convert to Catholicism, Dr. Lunine maintains footholds in both the theological and scientific worlds. He is an active parishioner and speaker at churches and on college campuses and has worked at the Vatican Observatory and in conjunction with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Rome. His lecture will explain why Pope Francis' latest encyclical is such a profound document and how it motivates us to think about the relationship between science and faith, using two priest-scientists as examples of different approaches to this issue.