Public Lecture, Tue 16 July 2013: 12pm @ LT31 – Professor David Wilkinson on “Cosmology: Questions Raised /Answered?)

PUBLIC LECTURE

SPEAKER

Professor David Wilkinson

Principal, St. Johns College of Durham University

TOPIC COSMOLOGY: Questions Raised /Answered?
DATE 16 July 2013 (Tuesday)
TIME 12 noon to 1.00 pm
VENUE LT31, Block S16, Level 3, National University of Singapore
ABSTRACT
Professor David Wilkinson’s talk will explore questions of origins, the Big Bang Theory, Extra-terrestrial life, and some aspects of Hawking’s work. He will extract ideas from his recent book published in August, “Science, Faith and SETI” (Oxford University Press). The book explores the new discoveries of Exo-planets and examines the scientific and theological arguments for extra-terrestrial life. This caters to general public interest in science and religion. He also contributes regularly to BBC’s radio 4 program.
BIOGRAPHY
Dr. David Wilkinson, FRAS, PhD (Astrophysics), PhD (Theology), MA, BSc, is a leading Scholar – an Astrophysicist and Theologian. He is the Principal of St. Johns College of Durham University. He is also Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion. One of his strengths is in conducting dialogues on science-related matters.

Professor Wilkinson’s research background is in theoretical astrophysics, where he gained a PhD in the study of star formation, the chemical evolution of galaxies and terrestrial mass extinctions. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. His current work at Durham University involves the relationship of faith to contemporary culture, from science to pop-culture. He also holds a PhD in Systematic Theology, in which he explored the future of the physical universe.

Professor Wilkinson’s recent books include Christian Eschatology and the Physical Universe (T&T Clark) and Science, Religion and SETI to be published in 2013 by OUP.

Other selected Publications

Wilkinson, David (2010). Hawking and God. The Times Online

Wilkinson, David (2001). God, Time and Stephen Hawking. Oxford: Monarch.

** Sandwiches will be provided for the first 100 attendees **
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