It happened on MARCH 23


Wernher Magnus Maximilian von Braun was born in Wirsitiz (which is now in Poland, but was in Germany at the time of his birth). An astronautics engineer, during World War II he directed a group of scientists who designed and built the V1 and V2 combat rockets that were used by the Germans against the Allies. In 1945, he and his scientific team surrendered to the Americans and were transferred to the United States where he turned his engineering talents toward aerospace engineering, becoming the first director of NASA, from 1958 through 1972. In his writings and lectures he was an ardent supporter of a futurist vision of mankind, which he saw as being achieved through ever wider spatial horizons.


350th Anniversary of Nicolas Stensen (1638-1686)
Two Major Works

Nicolas Stensen’ Discourse on The Anatomy of the Brain, by Ivan Colagè

Nicolas Stensen’s Prodromus to a Dissertation concerning Solids Naturally Contained within Solids, by Ivan Colagè

Monuments and Iconography on Niels Stensen

Niels Stensen: A 17th Century Scientist with a Modern View of Brain Organization, by André Parent

The scientific revolution and Nicholas Steno’s twofold conversion, by Gian Battista Vai

Niels Stensen (1638-1686): Scientist, Neuroanatomist, and Saint, by P. Perrini, G. Lanzino, G.F. Parenti


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).

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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.

Special Issues

We offer here a selection of Comments and Documents on special issues on Religion and Science, collected for anniversaries and/or for the relevance of the topics.