It happened on JULY 17

1894
Georges Eduard Lemaître was born in Charleroi (Belgium). A priest, astrophysicist, and cosmologist, in 1933 he formulated his “hypothesis of the primeval atom.” It constituted an early version of what later came to be called the Big Bang theory. He was president of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

1912
The French mathematician and philosopher Jules Henri Poincaré died in Paris. His fields were analytical mechanics, algebra, and electrodynamics. He anticipated the formulation of four-dimensional space that Minkowski employed as a metric for restricted relativity. Among his epistemological works was The Value of Science (1905). Several important considerations concerning the mathematical unpredictability of certain physical phenomena, which led to contemporary reflections on complexity, are owed to Poincaré.

 

400 years from the Discovery of Kepler's Third Law

Kepler's Third Law and the "Harmonices Mundi" by Alessandro Giostra (2018)

Suggested Readings:

Kepler's View on Biblical Exegesis in "Astronomia Nova" (1609)

Astronomy and Speculation into the Celestial Harmonies (1619)

Prayers to God Creator in "Harmonies of the World" (1619)


Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science

The Encyclopedia, published by the Centro di Documentazione Interdisciplinare di Scienza e Fede operating at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, provides new, scholarly articles in the rapidly growing international field of Religion and Science (ISSN: 2037-2329).


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Anthology and Documents

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