It happened on OCTOBER 10


The Russians launched the artificial satellite Sputnik 1 into orbit. It was the first man-made satellite and it ushered in the space age."


Paul Andrien Maurice Dirac died in Tallahassee (Florida). In 1933, he and Erwin Schrödinger shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work in atomic physics. He was one of the founders of quantum mechanics. He is credited with the theoretical formulation of antimatter and an early formulation of the Anthropic principle. He emphasized the importance of an aesthetic sense in scientific formulations: “It is more important to have beauty in one’s equations than to have them fit an experiment. [...] It seems that if one is working from the point of view of getting beauty in one’s equation, and if one has really a sound insight, one is on a sure line of progress” (“The Evolution of the Physicist’s Picture of Nature, Scientific American 208 [1963], n. 5, p. 47).

Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science

The Encyclopedia, published by the Centro di Documentazione Interdisciplinare di Scienza e Fede operating at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, provides new, scholarly articles in the rapidly growing international field of Religion and Science (ISSN: 2037-2329).

Anthology and Documents

In order to make some relevant documents better known in the scientific community, the section provides key materials for study and reflection concerning the dialogue among science, philosophy, and theology.