Institute for Religion and Science to Explore "Science and Religion in China" Nathan Sivin of the University of Pennsylvania to Speak

Release Date: Thursday, November 5, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Nathan Sivin, professor of history and socialization of science at the University of Pennsylvania will present the lecture, “Science and Religion in China” on Thursday, November 5 at 7 p.m. at the Commonwealth Chateau, SugarLoaf campus at Chestnut Hill College. This lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Religion and Science at Chestnut Hill College.


For four hundred years, philosophers and authors of best sellers have been arguing – and, less often, theologians and scientists – about whether science and religion are bound to be opposed. Why can’t they agree? Who, if anyone, is right? Is this a disagreement about an issue important to everyone alive, or is it a local quarrel that occurred in peculiar circumstances at a particular time within one culture, that of Europe and America? In order to cast light on these questions, this lecture will look at Western thought in other times, and thought in China to suggest a less narrow view of them.


Nathan Sivin earned his bachelor of science in chemistry and the history of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and earned his doctorate from Harvard University. Sivin taught at MIT from 1965 until 1977, where he founded what is now known as the Science, Technology and Society program. In 1977 he began working at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught in eight different departments and programs. Sivin is also an honorary professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. His most recent work, “Granting the Seasons,” is a study of the high point of traditional mathematical astronomy in the 13th century.


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