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Saturday, October 13 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine: When Astrophysics Meets Spirituality

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From the acclaimed author of Einstein’s Dreams, here is an inspired, lyrical meditation on religion and science that explores the tension between our yearning for permanence and certainty and the modern scientific discoveries that demonstrate the uncertain nature of the world. As a physicist, Alan Lightman has always held a scientific view of the world. As a teenager, he was impressed by the logic and materiality of a universe governed by a small number of disembodied laws that decree all things in the world are material and impermanent. But one summer evening, while looking at the stars from a small boat at sea, Lightman was overcome by the overwhelming sensation that he was merging with something larger than himself—a grand and eternal unity, a hint of something absolute and immaterial. The Christian Science Monitor science editor Noelle Swan and science writer Eoin O’Carroll will lead a discussion with Lightman, whose new book Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine is an exploration of these seemingly contradictory impulses. Sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

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Eoin O'Carroll

Eoin O'Carroll is a staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor's science, technology, and environment desk. He began working at the Monitor in 2005 and has worked as an environment blogger, web producer, SEO coach, and science editor. Before joining the science desk as a writer... Read More →
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Noelle Swan

Noelle Swan currently leads science, technology, and environment coverage at the Christian Science Monitor. Since joining the Monitor in 2013, Swan has worked as both an editor and writer for both the website and the weekly magazine. She has written several cover and feature stories... Read More →

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Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman is a rare breed; he has led both a successful science career as a professor and researcher at MIT and also become an accomplished novelist. He has also written and published poetry, essays, short stories, and reviews. After earning his PhD in theoretical physics from... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
BPL Commonwealth Salon Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116, USA