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The scientific priest and the dimensions of the knowledge

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The scientific priest and his ability to bring together the various dimensions of the knowledge

seminar from group Science, Reason and Faith.
Ignacio del Villar. Pamplona, February 18, 2020


Ignacio del Villar holds a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering and teaches Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Public University of Navarra. He is co-author of 5 books in the field of sensors and more than 100 publications in international journals and conference proceedings. He is publisher Associate of the Journal of Optics and Laser Technology since 2012 and of the journal Sensors since 2017. He is also a writer for knowledge dissemination and a catechist. Author of books such as "Science and Catholic faith: from Galileo to Lejeune" or, most recently, "Priests and scientists: from Nicolas Copernicus to Georges Lemaître".


Monks and priests have played a major role in the history of the world's scientific and technological history development . In the average age, monasteries were not only centres of Christian spirituality, but also agents of transformation in fields as varied as agriculture, animal husbandry and beekeeping. At that time we also find encyclopaedic figures such as Roger Bacon, Saint Albert the Great and Nicolas Oresme, who laid the foundations for the future scientific revolution instructions . Their line has been continued, almost up to the present day, by the likes of Nicolaus Copernicus, Nicolaus Steno, Lazzaro Spallanzani, Gregor Mendel and Georges Lemaître, to whom we owe heliocentrism, the birth of sciences such as geology, biomechanics and Genetics, the finding of artificial insemination and the Big Bang theory. But what is most striking is that, unlike today, they knew how to integrate in their lives areas as different as science and literature, the knowledge of the material and the spiritual. It seems that the scientific priest is an element core topic when it comes to interconnecting the different types of knowledge.