Italian physicist (1935-2010)
Nicola Cabibbo (April 10, 1935 – August 16, 2010) was an Italian physicist, best known for work on the weak nuclear interaction. He was also the president of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics from 1983 to 1992, and since 1993 he is the president of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
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- Science that abdicates its cultural values risks being perceived as an extension of technology, an instrument in the hands of political or economic power. Humanity that disavows science risks falling into the hands of superstition.
- Address to the Holy Father, in The cultural values of science, The Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Scripta Varia 105 (8-11 November 2002), page xiv
- Science is incapable of supplying answers to ultimate questions about why things exist and what their purpose is.
- interview by John L. Allen, Jr. on July 18, 2005, National Catholic Reporter (July 21, 2005)