Science Symposia

The Wheaton College Science Symposium is an annual event that sponsored, on a rotating basis, by departments within the Division of Natural and Social Sciences.


This well-established event for the Science Division has given exposure of the sciences at Wheaton College to students and guests by bringing in experts who discuss pertinent issues and topics.

2008 Symposium

Symposium Theme: "String Theory and the Multiverse: Philosophical and Theological Implications"

March 26-27, 2008

String theory has been proposed as a means of unifying all fundamental forces in the universe. This theory of everything implies that physical reality is far vaster and possesses greater grandeur than ever imagined, possibly including extra, hidden dimensions. Similarly, the possibility of the multiverse, or collection of universes, has profound implications for philosophy and theology. Specialists in physics and philosophy will address these issues for a general audience at the 2008 Wheaton Science Symposium.


Dr. Gerald Cleaver is Associate Professor of Physics at Baylor University and heads the Early Universe Cosmology and String Theory division of Baylor’s Astrophysics Center. Gerald earned his Ph.D. at Caltech in 1993, studying under John Schwartz, a founder of string theory. Gerald has written 50+ journal papers and conference proceedings.

Dr. Don Nelson Page grew up in Alaska and studied at William Jewell College, Caltech and the University of Cambridge (under Stephen Hawking). He taught physics at Penn State University and is now at the University of Alberta. He and his wife Cathy have three biological children and two adopted daughters from Haiti.

Dr. Robert Mann is Professor of Physics and Applied Mathematics and the Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. He is currently Vice President elect of the Canadian Association of Physics.

Dr. Robin Collins is a professor of philosophy at Messiah College. He has two years of graduate-level training in theoretical physics and has written over twenty-five articles on topics ranging from philosophical issues in quantum physics to evolution and original sin. He is currently completing a book on the evidence from physics and cosmology for the divine design of the cosmos.


Science Symposium 2003

Symposium Theme: "Scientific Cosmology and Christianity"

Content from the 2003 Symposium is currently unavailable online.

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