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.”

"The Language of God": on the bestseller book written in 2006 by the head of the Human Genome Project

Selected texts from The Language of God. A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief:

- What I Ask to Believers and Scientists
- Cristianity's Reasons of Credibility for a Scientist

God vs. Science, R. Dawkins and F. Collins interviewed by D. Cray (2006)

The Scientist as Believer, Francis Collins interviewed by J. Horgan (2009)

What is the BioLogos Project?


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.