God, Math and the Scientific Revolution
This talk discusses the important role that Christianity played in the scientific revolution. It notes the importance of math, and mathematical models in science, particularly in astronomy and physics. The strengths and limits of such models are stressed. Should scientific models reflect a deeper reality, or are they merely useful fictions? The replacement of Christianity with naturalism brings problems for mathematics, and science that depends on it.
About the Speaker:
Since 2009 Dr. Byl has been a professor emeritus at Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, where he began in 1978, took over as chair of the department of Mathematical Sciences in 1980 and received his full professorship in 1985. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of British Columbia in 1969 and his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the same in 1973.
He previously worked as a visiting professor at Dordt College, Iowa, in the Physics Department during 1977-79. He also performed his post-doctoral fellow from 1973-75 and was a lecturer from 1975-77 at the University of British Columbia, Department of Geophysics & Astronomy in Vancouver, B.C. Canada.
Dr. Byl's research interests are in astronomy (celestial mechanics, cosmology), physics (special relativity), computing (cellular automata), mathematics (infinite tasks), interaction between science and religion. In recent years the focus of his research has shifted to philosophical and theological issues related to the foundations of mathematics, physics and cosmology.
The Apologetics Symposium takes place the 1st Wednesday each month at Cedar Park Church in Bothell WA. The programs feature presentations from educators and scientists who are dedicated to defending the Bible. They are free to attend, and also available for viewing through live webcast or the recordings archived on our website.
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