February 11, 2014 | 4 – 5:15 p.m.
St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons | MAP
Logic and reason must always start with assumptions, and the assumptions behind science are, at their root, religious assumptions. Our core beliefs not only determine how we expect the universe to work; they also and just as importantly supply the motivation for the science we do, and indeed they determine why we as individuals choose to be scientists.
Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J. is a planetary scientist and Curator of Meteorites at the Vatican Observatory. A native of Detroit, he studied at MIT (SB 1974, SM 1975) and Arizona (PhD 1978), worked at Harvard and MIT, served in the Peace Corps, and taught university physics before entering the Jesuits in 1989. At the Vatican Observatory since 1993, he studies the physics of meteorites and asteroids, and has written several popular books on astronomy and his life as a Jesuit scientist, including: God's Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion (2007) and The Heavens Proclaim: Astronomy and the Vatican (2009). He served as chair of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences, and a past officer of the International Astronomical Union, who named asteroid 4597 Consolmagno in his honor.