The reference of a reference that became this week's show title.
Astrophysicist Mario Livio works with science the Hubble Space Telescope makes possible. He is not a religious person. But he's fascinated with the enduring mystery of the very language of science, mathematics.
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Comments from two cosmologists and NASA's images from a refurbished Hubble.
A minute-long time lapse film of the Milky Way taken in Mauna Kea, Hawai'i will surely spark your sense of wonder.
A classic comic on faith in equations. "You take two numbers and when you add them, they magically become one new number!"
13.7 billion years scaled into one year helps makes sense of the universe's massive scale in this video + chart.
Video of a Seed salon with Janna Levin and fiction writer Jonathon Lethem.
Is math a basic need we intuit like hunger, thirst, and love?
Live from the studio, we captured Brother Guy and Father George's best lines and paired them with a video of The Colbert Report's interview with Brother Consolmagno.
Watch this fabulous talk on Hubble and Rembrandt, Casablanca in psychological terms, how stars actually "evolve," and why Malala Yousafzai's bravery is "the best example of the power of curiosity."
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Four Jesuits in history have had asteroids named after them. Our guests are the two living astronomers with that distinction. Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father George Coyne study the composition of meteorites and the life and death of stars. They share their observations of life, faith, friendship, and the universe from their seats in the Vatican Observatory.
Parallel realities and the deep structure of space-time sound like science fiction. These are matters of real scientific inquiry. Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and self-professed atheist who paints a fascinating picture of how we might be changed by what we do not yet know.
Science and religion are often pitted against one another; but how do they complement, rather than contradict, one another? We learn how one man applies the deepest insights of modern physics to think about how the world fundamentally works, and how the universe might make space for prayer.
Part two of this series delves into Einstein's Jewish identity, his passionate engagement around issues of war and race, and modern extensions of his ethical and scientific perspectives.