Origin and Evolution of the Universe


Prof. Piero Benvenuti

University of Padova

DATE: 29th July 2020 (GMT+8)
TIME: 3:00-4:00 pm (Time in China)

The lecture will review the merits and the limits of the modern scientific method, as described by Galilei, in achieving objective knowledge about the evolution and the origin of the universe. It will be shown that, while the first can indeed (and must) be explored using the scientific method, the latter – the origin – cannot be investigated by science alone, a conclusion that the philosopher and theologian Galilei would certainly concur with.

Piero Benvenuti was born in 1946 in Conegliano (Italy), where he lives. He is married and has two sons. He has been full professor of High Energy Astrophysics and Director of the Center for Space Studies and Activities “G. Colombo” at the University of Padova. He has been Project Scientist, for the European Space Agency, of the astronomical satellite IUE (Madrid) and of the Hubble Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility (Garching bei München). He has been President of the (Italian) National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) and vice-President of the Italian Space Agency (ASI). He is now Professor Emeritus of the University of Padova.

He is actively engaged in the dialogue between Science and Christian Theology. He is teaching the Course “Creation and Evolution” at the Theological Faculty of Padova and he is Consultant of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

He has been appointed General Secretary of the International Astronomical Union for a 3- year term during the IAU General Assembly 2015 in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

He is author of over 150 scientific papers and several educational articles. Among his recent books on Science and Faith:

  • −  “In saecula saeculorum – Il tempo della fisica e il tempo dello spirito
  • −  “Contempla il cielo e osserva – Un confronto tra teologia e scienza
  • −  “Genesi e Big-bang – Parallele convergenti
  • −  “Dall’atomo all’Io” – (co-author)

He collaborates with the Italian newspapers “Avvenire” and “Osservatore Romano”.


Will be provided during the lecture.