It happened on SEPTEMBER 28


Louis Pasteur died at the Château of Villeneuve-l’Etang (Paris). He was a French chemist, crystallographer, microbiologist, and immunologist. Pasteur definitively disproved the theory of spontaneous generation and fine-tuned the anthrax and rabies vaccines. He had a deep religious faith his entire life, which he courageously adhered to in the skeptical and rationalistic atmosphere that permeated the France of his time.


Edwin Powell Hubble died in San Marino (California). With the observations he made at Mount Wilson, he was the first to suggest, in 1929, that the laws of light-distance throughout the galaxy demonstrated that our universe has been expanding. This discovery, together with the subsequent discoveries of cosmic background radiation at 3°k and of the abundance of the same throughout the cosmos, would become the principal observations on which modern cosmology would establish the theory of the "Big Bang," which, rightly or wrongly, has stimulated a good part of the debate between the scientific view of the universe and the theology of creation.


Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science

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