It happened on MARCH 28

1749
Pierre Simon de Laplace was born in Beaumont-en-Auge. A French physicist and mathematician, he further developed Newton's theory of gravitation, establishing a dynamic basis for the solar system and of celestial mechanics. His name is linked to the birth of modern mechanics, which is utilized as a global representation of real physics. The discovery of mathematical instability and the complexity of many phenomena would lead in stages to successfully clarifying many basic propositions. Laplace’s name is also frequently associated with “ejecting the hypothesis of God” from celestial mechanics (a hypothesis present in Newton). This view is captured in an exchange between Laplace and Napoleon, in which Napoleon asked him what role God played in his mechanistic explanation of the solar system, to which Laplace responded, “Sir, I have no need of such a hypothesis.”

What is the Metaphysics of Light?

The Metahysics of Light (2002), by Caroline Ewa Schültzinger

On Light or the Beginning of Forms: the metaphysics of light according to Robert Grosseteste (1168 ca. -1253)

 The six forms of Light unified in the unique divine creation: from Reductio artium in    theologiam (1255) by Bonaventure of Bagnoregio

 The nature of light in the context of creation: from Thomas Aquinas’ Summa theologiae (1265-1274) 

 

400° Anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s Letter to Madame Christina of Lorraine (1615)

The full text of the Letter
 
The Notion od Scientific Proof in Galileo’s Letter to Christina, from “The Rethoric of Proof in Galileo’s Writings on the Copernican System” (1985), by Jean Dietz Moss 

 

The results of a recent survey:
Perception of the Italians about the compatibility between science and faith
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by Matteo Bonato, Department of Physics and Astronomy “G. Galilei”, University of Padua, Italy

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).

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.