José Funes: Religion Doesn’t Affect What I Study

“I had a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 and he never said you have to study this or that,” José Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory, tells New Scientist.
“We have complete freedom for research, and the topics we study are the topics that the astronomers are interested in: planetary science, clusters of galaxies, cosmology, and the big bang. I study nearby galaxies. A Jesuit joining us in September will study extrasolar planets.”

Category: On the Record


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