BIOGRAPHY OF MICHAEL HELLER
Michael Heller (born March 12, 1936, Tarnow, Poland) is professor of philosophy at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Cracow, Poland, and an adjunct member of the Vatican Observatory staff. He is an ordained Roman Catholic priest, and has earned a masterís degree in philosophy and a Ph.D. in cosmology.
He also serves as a lecturer in the philosophy of science and logic at the Theological Institute in Tarnow. A Roman Catholic priest, Dr. Heller was ordained in 1959. He was graduated from the University of Lublin where he earned a master's degree in philosophy in 1965 and a Ph.D. in cosmology in 1966. After beginning his teaching career at Tarnow, he joined the faculty of the Pontifical Academy of Theology in 1972 and was appointed to a full professorship in 1985. The recipient of an honorary degree from the Technical University of Cracow, he has been a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and a visiting scientist at Liege University, the University of Oxford, the University of Leicester, Ruhr University in Germany, The Catholic University of America, and the University of Arizona among others. Dr. Heller is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
His current research is concerned with the singularity problem in general relativity, in relativistic cosmology and the application of noncommutative
geometry to physics and cosmology, in particular in seeking the unification of general relativity and quantum mechanics.
He has published nearly 200 scientific papers not only in general relativity and relativistic cosmology but also in
philosophy and the history of science and science and theology and is the author of more than 20 books. In his
book, Is Physics an Art? (Biblos, 1998), he writes about mathematics as the language of science and also explores
such humanistic issues as beauty as a criterion of truth, creativity, and transcendence.
His most recent book Creative Tension, Essays on Science and Religion (Templeton Foundation Press, 2003) joins the Templeton library of resources contributing to the growing global dialogue on science and religion.
In this collection of his provocative essays on the interplay of science and religion Michael Heller progressively outlines systematic steps that might lead to a peaceful coexistence of these traditionally separate fields of study. Some essays have their roots in the authorís work in physics and cosmology, while others present his theories on the language of God, creation, and transcendence, inspired by his work in the applications of so-called noncommutative geometry, an emerging field of study.
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