Dr. Terry Flower, professor of physics and astronomy at St. Catherine University since 1979, will speak Tuesday, May 4, on “The Large Hadron Collider: The Origin of Mass and the Origin of the Universe.” Dr. Philip Rolnick, professor of theology at St. Thomas, will give a brief response titled “The Logos of Creation and the Logos of Big Bang.”
The program will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 126 (auditorium), John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts, and includes time for audience questions. The lecture is free and open to the public. Off-campus attendees can find inexpensive parking in the Anderson Parking Lot on the university's south campus.
Flower will describe the Large Hadron Collider located near Geneva, Switzerland, where scientists are trying to uncover secrets of the invisible universe – the 96 percent that cannot be seen – and the nature and origin of mass. These hold the keys to understanding not only the Big Bang but how the universe came to be as it is.
Flower has held the 3M Endowed Chair of Science at St. Catherine University and was a distinguished visiting professor of physics at the United States Air Force Academy. He has directed a number of National Science Foundation Chautauqua Short Courses for college faculty and frequently leads students groups across the South Pacific. He recently has returned from teaching a course on Climate Change in the Antarctic and Costa Rica. His research interests include stellar structure and evolution.
This event is hosted by the St. Thomas Theology Department and the North Central Program in Science and Theology. Refreshments will be served following the presentations.