It happened on FEBRUARY 16


In 1963, Friedrich Dessauer died in Frankfurt. He was a physicist, philosopher, and journalist who received a Laurea Honoris Causa in theology. Both a believer and a scientist, he had a wide range of interests and published many philosophical reflections on science, among them Philosophy of Technology, The Problem of Realization (1927), and Die Teleologie in der Natur (1949).


The American surgeon Claude Hitchcock performed the first organ transplant from an ape to a human. The patient lived for twelve days. It was the first case of xenotransplantation, and it put into question our understanding of the “human” nature of the body


350th Anniversary of Nicolas Stensen (1638-1686)
Two Major Works

Nicolas Stensen’ Discourse on The Anatomy of the Brain, by Ivan Colagè

Nicolas Stensen’s Prodromus to a Dissertation concerning Solids Naturally Contained within Solids, by Ivan Colagè

Monuments and Iconography on Niels Stensen

Niels Stensen: A 17th Century Scientist with a Modern View of Brain Organization, by André Parent

The scientific revolution and Nicholas Steno’s twofold conversion, by Gian Battista Vai

Niels Stensen (1638-1686): Scientist, Neuroanatomist, and Saint, by P. Perrini, G. Lanzino, G.F. Parenti


Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science

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Anthology and Documents

In order to make some relevant documents better known in the scientific community, the section provides key materials for study and reflection concerning the dialogue among science, philosophy, and theology.

Special Issues

We offer here a selection of Comments and Documents on special issues on Religion and Science, collected for anniversaries and/or for the relevance of the topics.