Is reality elusive and unknowable?March 8th at 6pm, The Cambridge Roundtable on Science, Art & Religion will host a faculty seminar dinner (on the house) and discussion at the beautiful newly renovated MIT Samberg Conference Center featuring Dartmouth Professor of Physics and Astronomy Marcelo Gleiser asking, “Is reality elusive, immersed in mystery, and unknowable?” The Cambridge Roundtable is by invitation only, and faculty from elsewhere enjoy easily accessed free parking at MIT that is very close to the somewhat elusive Samberg Center on the 6th floor of 50 Memorial Drive (the Sloan School building, newly re-named as the Morris and Sophie Chang Building). In his new book, Island of Knowledge, Gleiser argues that acknowledging limits is not a deterrent to progress – nor does acknowledging those limits mean that we must surrender to religion. Recognizing the limits of science reveals its true mission: to know the universe is to know ourselves. Every Cambridge Roundtable seats six guests to a table for dinner, drinks, dessert & discussion after brief remarks from presenters. MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering Professor Ian Hutchinson will be our evening’s “lead-off” respondent presenting his thoughts on Professor Gleiser’s remarks from his perspective as a committed Christian and as an accomplished scientist and scholar. At the close of our evening we include time for questions and comments directed to our presenters. For questions or comments, please reach Roundtable Coordinator Dave Thom and Roundtable Administrator Christina English at firstname.lastname@example.org.Though the Roundtable is by invitation only, we are more than glad to work with you as an invited guest to welcome colleagues of yours to participate. ~~~~~ The Roundtable is co-chaired by: Owen Gingerich, Astronomy and History of Science (Emeritus), Harvard University Robert Randolph, Chaplain to the Institute and Dean, MIT Roundtable Coordinator: David Thom, Associate Chaplain, MIT Harvard and MIT professors are the majority of our 100+ guests that gather at each evening’s faculty-seminar Roundtable. By invitation a broad spectrum of faculty have engaged in roundtable dinner-discussions, experiencing an exchange with the potential to bring added depth to their lives as scholars and as educators. Dedicated to fostering dialogue that explores the intersection of current academic thought and Christian thought on issues related to science and religion, invitations are not pre-sorted in alignment with any particular religious or non-religious perspective. Select religious leaders are invited to ensure a diversity of religious points of view. Our evenings together have been made possible thanks to funding in partnership with generous local scholars, Christian Union, Sword and Spoon Foundation, and a 2014-15 grant from Templeton Religion Trust.
 This is the 40th edition of The Cambridge Roundtable on Science, Art & Religion. Alternating its meetings between the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge and what used to be known as the Faculty Club at MIT, that same space will open just a few days before our dinner as the Samberg Conference Center. Please see our website for easily accessed free parking. Also, the Kendall T Station is within a moment’s walk.
 Marcelo Gleiser is Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and Professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College, the author of The Island of Knowledge (Basic Books, 2014), and Director of the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth (ICE). The institute, which will officially begin work in July 2016, will be funded through a three-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
Among the recent thirty-nine Cambridge Roundtables on Science & Religion:
September 2015 The Mystery of Cosmological Constants: Evidence for the Existence of God? Walter Bradley, Baylor University, Mechanical Engineering Randy Isaac, Executive Director of the American Scientific Affiliation
May 2015 Science and the Modern World: how should one describe the place and authority of science? Steven Shapin, Harvard University, History of Science Walter Kim, Park Street Church Associate MinisterFebruary 2015 Moral Progress: Does it Exist? If so, What Causes It? Steven Pinker, Harvard University, Psychology November 2014 The Human Soul – Can it Survive in an Age of Neuroscience? Ken Miller Brown University, Biology Stan Goldin Harvard Medical School, Neuroscience April 2014 Science & Scientism, part three: Arête and The Normative Explosion (And Why We Only Needed One) Rebecca Newberger Goldstein author of Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away November 2013 Science & Scientism, part two: The Affairs of Louis Agassiz: Race, Religion, and Charles Darwin Christoph Irmscher author of Louis Agassiz, Inventor of American Science Matthew Pearl author of The Technologists and The Dante Club April 2013 Science & Scientism, part one: The Monopolizing of Knowledge? Ian Hutchinson MIT, Nuclear Science & Engineering Ned Hall Harvard University, Philosophy October 2012 American Politics & Religion: Untangling the Web We Weave Robert Putnam Harvard University, Public Policy February 2012 God, Stephen Hawking, and the Cosmos: Is there a Grand Design? John Lennox Oxford, Mathematics Alan Guth MIT, Physics November 2011 Saints, Sex, and Society Sarah Ruden Wesleyan University, Classics April 2011 What do Scientists Really Think about Religion? Elaine Ecklund Rice University, Sociology October 2010 Political Power and Persuasive Presence James Davison Hunter University of Virginia, Sociology Robert M. Randolph MIT, Chaplain to the Institute March 2010 Can We Be Good Without God? Rae Langton MIT, Philosophy William Lane Craig Talbot School of Theology, Philosophy November 2009 Answering the New Atheists Stanley E. Fish Florida International University, Law and Humanities J. Mark Ramseyer Harvard University, Law For a complete list of the first several roundtables, click here.