Category Archives: Science

#261 – Nature Abhors A Vacuum

The great philosopher Aristotle would influence the Catholic understanding of theology and science throughout the Middle Ages. However, reflections on the nature of the vacuum will, in turn, lead to reflections on the nature of God.

Links:
Condemnations of 1277

Image – horses attempting to separate the Magdeburg Hemispheres

Sources:
Barrow, John D. The Book of Nothing: Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas about the Origins of the Universe. Vintage, 2002.
Grant, Edward. Much Ado about Nothing: Theories of Space and Vacuum from the Middle Ages to the Scientific Revolution. Cambridge University Press, 2008
Shea, William R. Designing Experiments & Games of Chance: The Unconventional Science of Blaise Pascal. Science History Publications: Canton, 2003.

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#259 – The Saint of Urakami Part II

In the second of a two part episode, Takashi Nagai uses his faith to find meaning his suffering after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and uses that faith to inspire hope for others.

Links:
All That Remains – a movie that is being made about the life of Takashi Nagai
All That Remains Facebook page
Information on the life of Takashi Nagai covered in this episode can be found here and here and here.
Radio interview with Takashi Nagai – in Japanese
Takashi Nagai’s Funeral Address of November 23, 1945
Takashi Nagai’s report on the effects of the atomic bomb
Youtube video of an interview with Takashi Nagai’s daughter Kayano
Youtube video of “The Bells of Nagasaki”

Above photo of the Cathedral of Urukami in Nagasaki, Japan after the atomic bombing of August 9, 1945.

Sources:
Paul Glynn, A Song for Nagasaki, (San Francisco: Ignatius Press), 2009.
Takashi Nagai, The Bells of Nagasaki, (New York: Kodansha International), 1994.

Here are some photos taken from the museum of Takashi Nagai in Nagasaki showing the rosary of Nagai’s wife, Midori.

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#258 – The Saint of Urakami Part I

In the first part of a two part episode, we are introduced to Takashi Nagai and follow his journey from atheism and materialism into Catholicism as he seeks answers to the deepest questions of his heart.

Links:
Pensées of Pascal
Earlier CUTH episode on the Kirishitan Christians of Japan
Information on the life of Takashi Nagai covered in this episode can be found here and here.

Sources:
Paul Glynn, A Song for Nagasaki, (San Francisco: Ignatius Press), 2009.

Photo of the Cathedral of Urukami in Nagasaki, Japan

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#226 – Where Peace Reigns

Maria Gaetana Agnesi was one of the brightest mathematicians of the 18th century who just as she had been given a position at the Bologna Academy of Sciences gave it all up to serve the poor. Also in this episode a few words on Kyriopascha and Palmbuschen.

Links:
Massimo Mazzotti has written a recent book on Maria Agnesi called “The World of Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Mathematician of God”
Here’s a good website with information about Maria Agnesi
Here’s a good website explaining “The Witch of Agnesi”

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#206 – Seeking Truth

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When Fr. Georges Lemaître theory that would come to be known as The Big Bang, profoundly affected the worlds of theology and science. Indeed, it continues to do so today as humanity continues to search for truth.

Links:
Isaac Asimov’s “The Last Question”
Paul’s Men Podcast

SQPN website and SQPN Connect Community

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