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Cosmological Confusion: Fun Facts and Quirky Theories

The Director of the Vatican Observatory, Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., will be at UMASS-Dartmouth to present “Cosmological Confusion: Fun Facts and Quirky Theories.” All are welcome to attend.

From angels and demons to photons and quarks, we’ve always been curious about how the universe works. But every cosmology, from materialism to Catholicism, is based on assuming things that we may not even realize we are assuming: things we take on faith. And so, our cosmologies can be as fun and quirky as the people who invented them! This presentation will look into the stories behind how St. Paul, St, Augustine, Galileo and Kepler and Newton, and on up to Stephen Hawking, have all cast their own peculiar take on the big questions of the universe.

Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J. was born in 1952 in Detroit, Michigan. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in 1974 and Master of Science in 1975 in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona in 1978. From 1978-80 he was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the Harvard College Observatory, and from 1980-1983 continued as postdoc and lecturer at MIT. Brother Guy now serves as the director of the Vatican Observatory.

Presentation sponsored by Newman Catholic Ministry at UMASS D