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"All the faithful, both clerical and lay, should be accorded a lawful freedom of research, freedom of thought and freedom of expression."

Gaudium et Spes, no 62.

Emblem of our Research Centre

We need to know the facts! The emblem of our Research Centre is based on the frontispiece of a medieval manuscript.
The manuscript of 1310 AD offers Adelard of Bath's translation from Arabic into Latin of an originally Greek treatise, namely Euclid's Elements. In this treatise containing 13 books, Euclid, a Greek mathematician who lived in Alexandria around 325-270 BC, presents the world's earliest textbook on number theory and geometry.

The illustration shows Sophia - "Wisdom" - who was known to be the designer God used as architect at creation (Proverbs 8,12-31). She is teaching geometry to medieval scholars. We chose this for our emblem because it shows both respect for exact science and a recognition that the Spirit of God is at the root of all human research.

"I (Wisdom) was born before the mountains, before the hills were set in place, before God made the earth and its fields or even the first handful of soil.
I was there when he set the sky in place, when he stretched the horizon across the ocean, when he placed the clouds in the sky, when he opened the springs of the ocean and ordered the waters of the sea to rise no further than he said.
I was there when he laid the earth's foundations. I was beside him like an architect.
I was his daily source of joy, always happy in his presence— happy with the world and pleased with the human race."
Proverbs 8,25-31


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