Fr. Coyne’s lecture is entitled “The Dance of the Fertile Universe: Chance and Destiny Embrace” and explores the immense quantity and variety in the universe which contains about 100 billion galaxies each of which contain on the average 200 billion stars.
George Coyne is a Catholic priest, member of the Society of Jesus or Jesuits, and a world renowned astronomer. Father Coyne served as the Director of the Vatican Observatory from 1978 to 2006, and is currently President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. He is considered to be one of the leading intellectuals on the topics of the interaction between science and religion.