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Astronomy, God & The Search For Elegance

Lecture

York Minster, Deangate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7HH

Tel: 01904 876654

Astronomy, God & The Search For Elegance

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This lecture will discuss how scientific theories must do more than merely satisfy the data; they must do so in a way that is (to use a term much favored by mathematicians) "elegant."

Kepler, Maxwell, and Einstein are examples of scientists who found that a sense of aesthetic "rightness" helped them to direct their scientific intuition toward theories that could then be expressed rationally, mathematically; theories that could then be tested against nature. By looking closely at a handful of astronomical images we'll explore the way that one proceeds from an emotional appreciation of the beauty of the stars and planets, to a deeper understanding that satisfies both reason and emotion. Ultimately, this link between "elegance" and rational truth has profound theological implications

Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ, is a Jesuit brother, Director of the Vatican Observatory and the President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation whose research studies meteorites and asteroids. Along with more than 200 scientific publications, he is the author of six popular astronomy books.

In 2014 he received the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences for excellence in public communication in planetary sciences.

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Season (21 Aug 2019)
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Wednesday07:00 - 08:15

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