“Exploring the Big Questions of the Universe…”

This is a screen shot. Clicking on it will not do anything useful! Click on the links in the article instead...Last spring, Now You Know Media released a set of lectures by me about Galileo. Well, the've done it again!

The newest set of lectures are titled "Exploring the Big Questions of the Cosmos with a Vatican Scientist"... and my friends at Now You Know tell me that it's already become the best new seller of their catalog for the last 12 months. (Which means, I guess, that it's now outselling my Galileo series; how dare I outsell myself!)

I recorded these lectures in June, at a time that was particularly hectic for me: I was speaking in Canada, attending my province's Congregation in Baltimore, and doing who knows what else. As a result, I have no memory of what I actually said in any of these talks. Who knows what odd comments and bad puns I came up with?

In any event, here's a table of contents:

  1. Does Science Need God?
  2. Scripture or Science?
  3. Is the Big Bang Compatible with a Creator God?
  4. Does Modern Physics Prove God?
  5. Does the Anthropic Principle Prove God Exists?
  6. Are Miracles Contrary to Science?
  7. What Is Life?
  8. Would Extraterrestrials Need to Be Baptized?
  9. Why is there Natural Evil?
  10. How Do We Understand the End of the Universe?
  11. Is the Resurrection Contrary to Science?
  12. Can Science Explain Consciousness, Free Will, and the Soul?

So, if you are curious to know what I have to say on these topics (I'm curious, myself!) then you can purchase the set by clicking here...

Br. Guy Consolmagno

About Br. Guy Consolmagno

Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ is Director of the the Vatican Observatory and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he earned undergraduate and masters' degrees from MIT, and a Ph. D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona; he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard and MIT, served in the US Peace Corps (Kenya), and taught university physics at Lafayette College before entering the Jesuits in 1989.

At the Vatican Observatory since 1993, his research explores connections between meteorites, asteroids, and the evolution of small solar system bodies, observing Kuiper Belt comets with the Vatican's 1.8 meter telescope in Arizona, and applying his measure of meteorite physical properties to understanding asteroid origins and structure. Along with more than 200 scientific publications, he is the author of a number of popular books including Turn Left at Orion (with Dan Davis), and most recently Would You Baptize an Extraterrestial? (with Father Paul Mueller, SJ). He also has hosted science programs for BBC Radio 4, been interviewed in numerous documentary films, appeared on The Colbert Report, and for more than ten years he has written a monthly science column for the British Catholic magazine, The Tablet.

Dr. Consolmagno's work has taken him to every continent on Earth; for example, in 1996 he spent six weeks collecting meteorites with a NASA team on the blue ice regions of East Antarctica. He has served on the governing boards of the Meteoritical Society; the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences (of which he was chair in 2006-2007); and IAU Commission 16 (Planets and Satellites). In 2000, the small bodies nomenclature committee of the IAU named an asteroid, 4597 Consolmagno, in recognition of his work. In 2014 he received the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences for excellence in public communication in planetary sciences.

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