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Upcoming events

After Galileo: Faith and Science in the 21st Century

Tuesday, 01 February 2022, 6.15pm to 7.30pm

On Christmas Day 2021, following the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson quoted from Psalm 19, “The heavens proclaim the glory of God.” But in what sense, if any, can this claim be made today? Do the heavens point to their Creator, or to nothing but an immense and ultimately meaningless void? What are the prospects of the religious and scientific impulses of humanity being in conflict or constructive engagement in the 21st century? Explore these and other big questions. A presentation by Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, in dialogue with Alister McGrath, Andreas Idreos Chair of Science and Religion, University of Oxford. Introduced by Professor Ian Shipsey, Head of Physics, with a message of welcome from Maria Beer, Oxford DPhil Student.

Brilliant Blunders - Mistakes by Great Physicists that Changed Our Understanding of the Universe

Friday, 25 February 2022, 5pm to 6pm

With astrophysicist Dr Mario Livio (University of Nevada, Las Vegas). William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Albert Einstein and Fred Hoyle are amongst the greatest physicists in history and some of the mistakes that these towering figures made led to major scientific advances. Dr Mario Livio will analyse these errors and the psychology which made such "brilliant blunders" part of these celebrated scientists' genius and part of the scientific process whereby science thrives on error and advances when erroneous ideas are disproven. St Cross College HAPP online event.