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Audio: Krista Tippet – On Being Interview

An interview with two Vatican Observatory astronomers from the radio show On Being with Krista Tippett: “Guy Consolmagno and George Coyne—Asteroids, Stars, and the Love of God”.

More than 30 objects on the moon are named after the Jesuits who mapped it. A Jesuit was one of the founders of modern astrophysics. And four Jesuits in history, including Ignatius of Loyola, have had asteroids named after them – Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father George Coyne being the two living men with this distinction. In a conversation filled with friendship and laughter, and in honor of the visit of Pope Francis to the U.S., we experience the spacious way they think about science, the universe, and the love of God.

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Space Foundation Space4U LogoSpace4U Podcast: Brother Guy – The Vatican Astronomer

A Feb. 2019 interview with Br. Guy by Rich Cooper – Vice President for Strategic Communications & Outreach for the Space Foundation. (41 minutes).

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PDF: “… the Way to the Dwelling of Light: How Physics Illuminates Creation”

Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ

Can one find physics in the pews? This informal look at the physics of light, written for the point of view of a church-goer, uses a minimum of equations (and too many bad jokes!) to introduce the casual reader to the astonishing view that modern physics has of the universe and how it works, as brought to light by our study of… light. (Revised edition)

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PDF: “Classical Theorems in Lie Algebra Representation Theory: A Beginners Approach”

Andrew P. Whitman, SJ, and John Lutts

The work by Father Andrew Whitman, SJ (with the editorial help of John Lutts from the University of Massachusetts at Boston), is an introduction to the classic results of Lie Algebra Representation Theory.

Dr Lutts writes: “What makes this work different is that it deliberately takes the time to fill in the gaps in the various parts of this theory that are often left out in advanced works on this subject. It is therefore hoped that beginning graduate students going through this opus will be able to work through the details of the proofs and build a firm foundation for themselves. The only prerequisite for those who tackle this work is a strong foundation in Linear Algebra. We wish them an enjoyable adventure.”

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PDF: Astrobiology Booklet

In 2009, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences sponsored a study week on astrobiology, inviting a number of the most prominent scientists of the field. This booklet contains introductory remarks and abstracts of their presentations.

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PDF: “Intelligent Life in the Universe: Catholic belief and the search for extraterrestrial life”

 

Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ

Originally published by the Catholic Truth Society in London, and long out of print, this pamphlet outlines what we know about the search for intelligent life, both how we search and why we search, and what it can mean for Catholics and our understanding of our faith.

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Great Catholic Scientists: Discoveries and Lives of Faith

Two leading scientists from the Vatican Observatory explore profound questions of faith and science through the lives of contributions of great Catholic scientists.

Tracing back across 1,000 years of history, you’ll reflect on the role of faith in science with Dr. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, nicknamed the “Pope’s Astronomer,” and his friend and colleague Dr. Michelle Francl-Donnay, an award-winning professor of chemistry at Bryn Mawr College.

Beginning with a brief overview of the history of science, Consolmagno and Francl-Donnay highlight Catholic contributions to medicine, mathematics, computer science, astronomy, and chemistry before arriving at the question of our place in the cosmos.

An Introduction to the Universe: The Big Ideas of Astronomy

Let the beauty of astronomy inspire your contemplation of God’s creation. This course will give you a deeper appreciation of the sky and our ever-growing understanding of astronomy. Your guide for this journey through the cosmos is Dr. Guy Consolmagno, a Jesuit brother, renowned astronomer, and director of the Vatican’s astronomical observatory. In his engaging lectures, you’ll deepen your sense of joy as you gaze at the stars and appreciate the profound achievements of their Creator.

Meaning: Exploring the Big Questions of the Cosmos with a Vatican Scientist

Explore the big questions of science and religion with the Director of the Vatican Observatory.

While science and religion have often been seen as contradictory forces, in reality they complement each other. Indeed, Catholics have often been at the forefront of scientific discovery; the Augustinian friar Gregor Mendel innovated the study of genetics, and the Jesuit Georges Lemaître first proposed the big bang theory. More recently, Pope Francis issued Laudato Si, an encyclical that addresses global warming.

Now you can join a leading Catholic scientist in examining the most vital questions about the universe. Your guide, Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, deals with big things—stars, galaxies, and unfathomable distances—but that’s not the kind of “bigness” that you will explore here. Instead you will tackle the hows and whys of the universe.

Galileo: Science, Faith, and the Catholic Church

What can Galileo’s extraordinary life and profound legacy teach us today?

Galileo’s story is a touchstone in debates about science and religion, but our preconceptions inevitably color the way we see the issues. To understand who Galileo was, what he accomplished, and what you can learn from his triumphs and failures, you need a great teacher to place him in context by exploring the cosmologies, political and religious and historical events, and famous people of his generation. You also need to get a sense of the man himself: from his family background and early ambitions to the person he grew into as he became a father, rising celebrity, literary lion, and ultimately an infirm but unbroken old man.

In Galileo: Science, Faith, and the Catholic Church, you will explore the context and implications of the Galileo affair—the events that culminated in his condemnation by the Roman Catholic Church. You can take no better guide than Dr. Guy Consolmagno, a renowned astronomer, Jesuit brother, and popular writer.


Bundles

Video Bundle: Meaning: Exploring the Big Questions of the Cosmos with a Vatican Scientist + The Intersection of Science and Theology: Evolutionary Theory and Creation – 9 CDs Total
Dr. Guy Consolmagno S.J., Ph.D.Fr. & James F. Salmon, S.J., Ph.D.

 

Video Bundle Galileo: Science, Faith, and the Catholic Church + An Introduction to the Universe: The Big Ideas of Astronomy – 24 Lectures Total
Fr. Harvey D. Egan, S.J., D.Theol., & Dr. Guy Consolmagno S.J., Ph.D.

 

Video/Audio Bundle: The Intersection of Science and Theology: Evolutionary Theory and Creation + Meaning: Exploring the Big Questions of the Cosmos with a Vatican Scientist – 8 Discs Total
Br. Guy Consolmagno S.J., Ph.D., Fr. James F. Salmon, S.J., Ph.D.

 

Video Bundle: An Introduction to the Universe: The Big Ideas of Astronomy + Meaning: Exploring the Big Questions of the Cosmos with a Vatican Scientist – 9 Discs Total
Dr. Guy Consolmagno S.J., Ph.D.

 

Video Bundle: God’s Creation: A Course on Theology and the Environment + Meaning: Exploring the Big Questions of the Cosmos with a Vatican Scientist – 8 DVDs Total
Sr. Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF, Ph.D., & Dr. Guy Consolmagno S.J., Ph.D.

 

Video/Audio Bundle: The Intersection of Science and Theology: Evolutionary Theory and Creation + Meaning: Exploring the Big Questions of the Cosmos with a Vatican Scientist – 8 Discs Total
Fr. James F. Salmon, S.J., Ph.D., & Dr. Guy Consolmagno S.J., Ph.D.

 

Audio/Video Bundle: Why is Consciousness so Mysterious? + Meaning: Exploring the Big Questions of the Cosmos with a Vatican Scientist – 7 Discs Total

Dr. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Ph.D. & Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, Ph.D.

 

Audio/Video Bundle: Your Astonishing Brain + Meaning: Exploring the Big Questions of the Cosmos with a Vatican Scientist – 7 Discs Total
Dr. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Ph.D. & Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, Ph.D.

 

Video-Audio Bundle: Is Our Will Truly Free? + Meaning: Exploring the Big Questions of the Cosmos with a Vatican Scientist – 15 Lectures Total
Dr. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Ph.D. & Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, Ph.D.