Georges Lemaitre was a Belgian mathematician, physicist, and Catholic priest who conceived the Big Bang model for the origin of the cosmos. Historical research over the past decade has not only shown how central was Lemaitre’s role in the search for cosmic origins, but also illuminates the unique difficulties Lemaitre faced in defending his scientific model in view of his very public profession as priest.
Jonathan Lunine, director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, will use this fascinating piece of twentieth-century scientific history to provide a perspective on two questions: who gets credit for what in scientific discoveries, and can a scientist be religious?
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