Institute for Religion and Science Lecture to Explore Heaven and the Heavens 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Edward J. Devinney, Jr., Ph.D., visiting professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Villanova University presents the lecture, “Heaven and the Heavens” on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the Commonwealth Chateau, SugarLoaf campus. This lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Religion and Science at Chestnut Hill College. 

 

In his talk, Devinney will review the idea that seeing God in the Bible and in the Book of Nature has a long history. His discussion will explore the concept while incorporating the latest developments in cosmology, the science of the Universe’s origin and evolution developments.

 

Edward J. Devinney Jr. is a visiting professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Villanova University. He is widely known for the “Wilson/Devinney” computer code for binary star light-curve analysis used by scores of astronomers. He received his undergraduate degree in physics from LaSalle University, with a minor in both philosophy and religion, and a doctorate in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Pennsylvania. He spent 10 years working in the Florida University System, including two as a National Academy of Sciences Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Center. He spent nine years with Siemens U.S. Research Labs as head of the artificial intelligence department and chief scientist. He spun out a high-technology company from Siemens and served seven years as its CEO. His astro-nomical interests include instrumentation, observational aspects of solar eclipses, and binary stars, including black hole binaries.

 

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Religion and Science at Chestnut Hill College at kduffy@chc.edu