It happened on MAY 24

1543
Nicolaus Copernicus died in Frombork (Poland). A canon at the cathedral in his diocese, he studied mathematics in Krakow and canon law in Bologna. Near his death, he turned his work On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres in for publication, in which he maintained the simplicity and mathematical coherence of the heliocentric system. The introduction to his work, written after his death by Osiander, emphasized (probably against Copernicus’ wishes) that the work was merely a mathematical exercise on the part of the author.

1990
The Roman Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published the Instruction Donum veritatis, explaining the scope of the theologian’s work in serving the People of God and the relationship between theologians and the teachings of the Church’s Magisterium.

What is the Metaphysics of Light?

The Metaphysics 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

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.