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STOQ lecture 2010 in Vatican City: David Barrow tells us about the origin of the universe

Inaugurated a new chapter on the relationship between faith and science

John D. Barrow, Cambridge University mathematician and cosmologist and winner of the Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities (2006), well-known for having proposed and developed some years ago with Frank Tipler the theory of Anthropic Principle, will be holding the first STOQ Lecture next Friday. December 10th 2010, at 6.00 p.m. at the Pontifical Council for Culture (San Pio X Hall - Via della Conciliazione, 5 - entrance Via dell’Ospedale - Rome). The conference, entitled "The Origin of the Universe. What Modern Cosmology Tells Us about Our Place in the Universe", will deal with the model of an expanding universe and its consequences for the development of human life. The STOQ Lecture will be presided by Card. Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture. Fr. José G. Funes S.J., Director of the Vatican Observatory, will discuss the Professor Barrow's ideas. Professor Piero Benvenuti from ASI  will moderate the event. The event, fostered by the Pontifical Council for Culture and sponsored by ASI, marks the collaboration between the two institutions in the STOQ Project (Science, Theology and the Ontological Quest), following the signing of the agreement for establishing the "Universal Portal of Cosmology".