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March 5, 2012 

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Explore the science and physics of the beginnings of the universe as seen through the eyes of two 20th century geniuses as Monsignor Bernard McGarty, S.T.D., presents “Einstein, Lemaître and the Big Bang Theory” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. 

Albert Einstein, was a renowned physicist and Fr. Georges Lemaître, a famous astrophysicist and founder of the Big Bang Theory. They met on several occasions, exploring and debating the facts and theories related to the origins of the universe. These dialogues form the basis of Msgr. McGarty’s talk.

According to Msgr. McGarty, Einstein accepted the mathematics of Lemaître’s Big Bang Theory. However, Einstein rejected the physics as he thought the universe was static while Lemaître thought the universe was expanding and had a beginning. Eventually Einstein accepted Lemaître’s explanation that the universe originated 13.5 billion years ago.

The theory of the Big Bang was officially confirmed by the scientific community in 1965.

“I think the audience will really enjoy exploring the history and personalities in a very exciting period in the history of cosmology,” Msgr. McGarty said.

Msgr. McGarty is Viterbo’s Visiting Scholar in Ecumenical Studies. He has presented well-attended lectures covering Islam and other faith traditions, the life of St. Paul, the separation of church and state, and he was the playwright of the dramatic production, Who is the Greatest American


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