Pope asks boffins about Big Bang Theory


Not sure I get Big Bang Theory

After famously declaring that God is not “a magician with a magic wand” and that evolution and the Big Bang theory was real, Pope Francis has invited the world’s leading boffins to Rome help understand the theory better. .

In the days when the Pope had power, an invitation from the Pope to explain your theories normally meant you were being invited to a BBQ in the Campo di Fiori where the Church supplied the stakes. But things have improved somewhat since then,

Astrophysicists and other top boffins will attend the Vatican Observatory to discuss black holes, gravitational waves and space-time singularities as it honours the late Jesuit cosmologist considered one of the fathers of the idea that the universe began with a gigantic explosion.

A conference in honour of Monsignor George Lemaitre is being held at the Vatican Observatory, founded by Pope Leo XIII in 1891 to help correct the notion that the Roman Catholic Church was hostile to science.

In 1927, Lemaitre was the first to explain that the receding of distant galaxies was the result of the expansion of the universe, a result he obtained by solving equations of Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

Lemaitre’s theory was known as the “primeval atom,” but it is more commonly known today as the big-bang theory.

The head of the Vatican Observatory, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, says Lemaitre’s research proves that you can believe in God and the big-bang theory.

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