Dordt College News

Intelligent design author here March 22

March 13, 2006


Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, a major contributor to Intelligent Design Theory, will speak at Dordt College on Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Dordt College’s Science and Technology Lecture Hall, room S101. Intelligent Design Theory has been the springboard for recent creation versus evolution scientific debate. It suggests that the fine-tuning of the universe and the complexity of living things are best explained by intelligent causes.

Gonzalez, who co-authored the book The Privileged Planet, will speak on the topic “Intelligent Design: An Introduction.” The public is welcome to attend this presentation.

Dr. Gonzalez is an assistant professor of astronomy at Iowa State University. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1993 from the University of Washington and did post-doctoral work at the University of Texas and the University of Washington. He has received fellowships, grants and awards from such institutions as NASA, the University of Washington, Sigma Xi (scientific research society) and the National Science Foundation.

Gonzalez has extensive experience in observing and analyzing data from ground-based observatories, including work at McDonald Observatory, Apache Point Observatory and Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory. He is a world class expert on the astrophysical requirements for habitability and on habitable zones and a co-founder of the Galactic Habitable Zone (GHZ) concept. Gonzalez has also published over sixty articles in refereed astronomy and astrophysical journals and he is also the co-author of the second edition of Observational Astronomy, an advanced college astronomy textbook.

For more information about Dr. Gonzalez and his work, see Privileged Planet. For more information about his presentation at Dordt College on March 22, contact Dr. Doug Allen at 722-6306.

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