Physics Expert Dr. Philippe Quentin Hosts Seminar at UST
By Brittani Wright
Theoretical and quantum physicist, Dr. Philippe Quentin, will come to University of St. Thomas to lead the first Faith and Science Seminar, hosted by the Center for Faith and Culture at UST. The seminar is set to take place on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Ahern Room Crooker Center at UST.
Dr. Quentin comes to UST from Université de Bordeaux in France. His long and distinguished career has included research in the Theoretical Divisions at Los Alamos, and Lawrence Livermore, National Laboratories in the United States. Currently he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee as a ICUSTA collaborator, La Roche-sur-Yon France. Dr. Quentin also teaches an undergraduate course at ICES Vendée Catholic University on Faith and Science.
“We met through ICUSTA,” Dr. Don Frohlich, biology professor, said. “We have been collaborators for five years and I have presented for three lecture series at Quentin’s institution since then. Now he will come to UST to kick off the first of many seminars for our students and community.”
Dr. Quentin will speak on “Emergence of a new theory, the case of quantum mechanics, 1900-1926: Philosophical and theological considerations.” Frohlich’s biggest goal is to educate people on the nature of conversation about science and religion.
“This is a rich conversation,” Frohlich said. “The Catholic Church has been involved in the conversation between faith and science, and we want to help students understand there is no opposition in science and religion. This is a good conversation to have, and what better ground to have it on than UST, the only Catholic university in Houston.”
Frohlich plans to set up one-on-one meetings with Dr. Quentin after the seminar.