Science meets religion in astronomer Owen Gingerich presentation

gingerichowen.jpgA prominent American astronomer discusses the reconciliation of science and religion, and the ways each searches for truth, for a special presentation at Albion College. Harvard astronomer emeritus Owen Gingerich makes his case Wednesday, April 15, at 8:30 p.m. in the Norris Science Center Towsley Hall.

Gingerich, also a senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, is co-author of two successive standard models for the solar atmosphere. He is past vice president of the American Philosophical Society, past chair of the U.S. National Committee of the International Astronomical Union and recipient of awards from the American Astronomical Society for his contributions to the history of astronomy and astronomy education. Gingerich has also served as consultant to the eminent designer Charles Eames, and he was an advisor for “Cosmic Voyage,” an IMAX film at the National Air and Space Museum.

"As science standards continue to be challenged across the nation it is more vital than ever that reconciliation between science and religion be achieved," commented student organizer Ryan Stowe. "Gingerich argues that this is possible by appreciating the strengths and limitations of both the spiritual and the naturalistic. He recognizes that this spirituality is not noticeable by science, and he realizes that holy texts are not scientific textbooks and were never meant to provide detailed records of natural world."

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stowe, , 517-745-1440.