Antonino Zichichi

Italian nuclear physicist

Antonino Zichichi (born 1929) is an Italian physicist who has worked in the field of nuclear physics. He has served as President of the World Federation of Scientists, President of the European Physical Society for over 10 years, and as a professor at the University of Bologna.

Zichichi in 2006


  • Science and faith are not in conflict; they are expressions of the two components of which we are made: the transcendent and the immanent.

These two cannot be in conflict for the very simple reason that Science was born in the heart of Catholic Culture. And it was born inasmuch as a believer sought in the "stones" the "imprints of the Creator." Galileo Galilei called the Fundamental Laws of Nature this.

He might have found that the "footprints" did not exist, but that there was only and only chaos. Even today there are those who claim that we would be children of chaos, thus denying the existence of a Fundamental Logic that governs the world.
The existence of this Logic is the message that comes from Science after 400 years of experimental research characterized by discoveries that no one had been able to imagine.
These discoveries are proof that the Author of the Fundamental Laws is more intelligent than all of us and that they are not children of chaos but of a Rigorous Logic.
If there is a Logic there must be the Author of the Logic. John Paul II gave the correct definition to enshrine the alliance between Science and Faith "Science and Faith are both gifts of God....
  • As a believing scientist [...] it is my deep conviction that it is our task to search nature and the universe, as Galileo Galilei, the father of modern science, did, for the footprints of God.
  • If I deny the existence of the transcendental sphere, then everything is exhausted in the immanent and the most rigorous component of logic, thus the mathematical structure, should prove the theorem of the denial of God [...]. Why can science never discover God? Because, if science discovered God, God would be the greatest discovery of all time, but it would not be God, because God is everything; science can only discover the fundamental components of immanent reality. [...] Since science discovers that there is a rigorous logic that governs the world from its smallest structures, such as the structure of the proton [...], at the boundaries of the cosmos, if there is a rigorous logic, it is legitimate to ask, "Will there be an author of this logic?".
  • Certainly heaven is something we all need, however, we should not imagine it anthropomorphically. [...] I believe that we certainly cannot rule out the possibility of an existence outside of space and time, mass, energies and charges. In heaven there can be anything but that.
  • Over the course of ten thousand years, from the dawn of civilization to the 16th century, all cultures had deluded themselves into thinking they knew how to decipher the Book of Nature without ever posing a single question to Its Author. That is why no culture had been given the privilege of discovering a fundamental Law of Nature.
To make a scientific discovery, therefore, it is necessary to surrender to the intellectual superiority of the Creator of all things visible and invisible, and to carry out an experiment.
    • Antonino Zichichi: l'alleanza tra fede e scienza è possibile. From an interview of Paolo Centofanti, Zenit (January 30, 2008)
  • The theory of evolution by Darwin does not explain how this transition occurred, from inert matter to living matter and then to the only form of living matter endowed with reason, which is man. It is not scientifically rigorous. A rigorous scientific theory meets the requirements of scientific rigor of Galileo, who was the father of science: mathematical description and experimental reproducibility. Requirements that evolutionary theory does not meet, precisely because it cannot describe nor even less reproduce the transition from nonliving matter to living species, plant and animal. It cannot answer the question of why among millions of species, only one, the human being, is endowed with reason. The science of life has not figured out how life arises; it is not an exact science.

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