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Harvard astronomer to speak on design in the cosmos

Owen Gingerich, Harvard University professor emeritus of astronomy and the history of science, will address issues of matter, energy and the universe in his talk, “Dare a Scientist Believe in Design?,” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 115 Shideler Hall.

At Harvard, Gingerich taught The Astronomical Perspective, a core science course for nonscientists and the “longest running course under the same management” at the school. He is co-author of two successive standard models for the solar atmosphere, the first to take into account rocket and satellite observations of the sun.

He has authored The Great Copernicus Chase and Other Adventures in Astronomical History and The Eye of Heaven: Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler.

Gingerich has been awarded the Doggett Prize of the American Astronomical Society for his contributions to the history of astronomy and the Polish government’s Order of Merit and has had an asteroid named in his honor.

Gingerich is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Astronomical Society, the American Scientific Affiliation, the History of Science Society and the Royal Astronomical Society.

The lecture, which is funded by the Templeton Foundation, is co-sponsored by the departments of history, physics, mathematics and statistics and computer science and systems analysis. The mission of the John Templeton Foundation is to pursue new insights at the boundary between theology and science through a rigorous, open-minded and empirically focused methodology, with representatives from a wide spectrum of fields of expertise.

Date Published: 11/06/2003
Volume: 23   Number: 14

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