Scientific theories must do more than merely satisfy the data; they must do so in a way that is (to use the term much favored by mathematicians) “elegant.” Kepler, Maxwell and Einstein are examples of scientists who found that a sense of esthetic “rightness” helped them to direct their scientific intuition toward theories that could then be expressed rationally, mathematically; theories that could then be tested against nature. By looking closely at a handful of astronomical images, we’ll explore the way that one proceeds from an emotional appreciation of the beauty of the stars and planets, to a deeper understanding that satisfies both reason and emotion. Ultimately, this link between “elegance” and rational truth has profound theological implications.
WEGE BALLROOM, 3rd Floor – Wege Student Center, Aquinas College
Refreshments will be served
RSVP requested by March 7 to aquinas.edu/astronomy
- Office of the Dean of Science and Sustainability
- Catholic Studies at Aquinas College
- Franciscan Life Process Center*