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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

How to Spend 1.6 Million Dollars

During the Q&A following his acceptance of the Templeton Prize, valued at more than 1.6 million dollars, Michael Heller said he would give all the money to endow the Copernicus Center in Krakow, Poland, to be established by the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. The CIS is an informal group of scientists, philosophers, and theologians, including Heller, who gather to discuss the intersection of science and culture. The new, formal institution, which will involve the collaboration of Jagiellonian University and the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow, will continue the discussion, he said, studying the relationship between science and religion as "an academic discipline." —Heather Wax