Religion and Science

Number crunchers help solve human problems

A physicist isn't usually one to poke his nose into politics, but Dr Peter Klimek of the Medical University of Vienna has recently used statistics to show irregularities in recent elections around the world.

Sunday, 5 February, 2012, 12:00am

Visions of greatness for Florence's favoured son

Officine Panerai calls the lovely Italian city of Florence its home, as did perhaps the most famous scientist and stargazer in history, Galileo Galilei.

The systems and ideas Galileo put into motion became the foundation for modern science, navigation and even time-keeping.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Stop the world, please, I'd rather hang out with the aliens

I was talking to Hong Kong-based alien abductee Neil Gould (pictured) the other day, who told me extraterrestrials have had their way with him periodically since he was a young man and that his son, now in his 20s and a filmmaker, has had similar experiences.

18 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Six degrees

Professor Stephen Hawking has been making headlines recently, warning against engaging aliens in conversation, should any decide to visit.

2 May 2010 - 12:00am

History-makers Part 22: Galileo Galilei

Quick facts Profession: Scientist, astronomer Famous for: a host of scientific breakthroughs Born: February 5, 1564, Pisa, Italy Died: January 8, 1642, Florence, Italy

Written in the stars

Find words that mean: looking, a place where monks live, the study of the heavens, went around, advances

10 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

From waste to power

A Form Seven student has come up with an innovative, simple technology that turns waste into energy. It won him the top prize in a prestigious national science contest for secondary students.

30 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

High flier

In the cosmic scheme of things our solar system might not be all that big: just a satellite car park in the margins of the great universal shopping mall; a backyard in the lord of the manor's galactic grounds.

9 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Pope Benedict crosses the line with academia

The Pope's words have come back to haunt him, and so they should. The authorities at La Sapienza University in Rome had invited him to speak this week at the inauguration of the new academic year, but the physics department mobilised in protest.

18 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Uncentering the Earth - Copernicus and On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres

Uncentering the Earth - Copernicus and On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres

by William T. Vollmann

Phoenix, HK$136

23 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

ITALYQUIZ

1 The Italian territory includes the two largest islands in the Mediterranean, which ones are they? 2 Which two independent countries are landlocked by Italy? 3 What is the minimum age for someone to become a voter of the Italian senate? 4 Which Italian scientist has been called the 'father of modern astronomy', the 'father of modern physics' and the 'father of science'?

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

A starring role as a martyr, Mr Wong? Not quite

Provisional Legislator Wong Siu-yee did not want to compare himself with Galileo.

28 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Newton's weighty ideas

In the world of physics, Sir Isaac Newton is a big man, remembered as the scientist who devised the theory of gravity after watching an apple fall from a tree.

If you have grappled with elementary physics you will know Newton invented calculus and the Three Laws of Motion upon which all of mechanics is based.

13 May 1997 - 12:00am

Where ARE we we from?

HOW did the world begin? Are human beings related to lower forms of life as the theory of evolution suggests, or is God the Creator? These are the questions a group of students from the Hongkong International School has been asking.

30 May 1993 - 12:00am

Nature's way to happiness

THE VOICE OF THE EARTH By Theodore Roszack (Bantam, $305) THIS looks like the kind of work you would find in your local psychic supermarket, between the nut cutlets and the therapeutic crystals.

29 May 1993 - 12:00am

Evolution may be God's plan

TO those people so earnestly discussing evolution versus creation, I would like to gently point out that they are not mutually exclusive. Perhaps evolution was part of God's plan for creation.

I do not put limits on God, or profess to know his methods.

I just find this the most reasonable stance, given the evidence of evolution and the teachings of the bible.

12 May 1993 - 12:00am