I first met Robert Mann as he was one of my physics professors at the University of Waterloo around 1988. He became my undergraduate mentor, launching me into a career in theoretical physics with our first publication on one-dimensional gravity, a illustrative toy model in which we revised Einstein’s general relativity so it worked in a universe on a line. Fifteen years later, when I started at Trinity Western University, we reconnected due to his leadership of the CSCA and a lecture he gave at TWU on physics and Christianity. Since then, we’ve had opportunity to work together as past presidents of CSCA.
Mann is a prominent, leading, and respected Canadian physicist, having presided over the Canadian Association of Physicists, and heavily involved at the Perimeter Institute (a top international theoretical physics centre) since its inception. A few years ago, Mann Fest was held for his 60th birthday, to which all his co-authors were invited. I am very sorry to have missed it.
Robert Mann is a passionate Christian, an accomplished physicist, and a keen educator. His Monday morning plenary address, The Edge: Physics & Theology, promises indeed to be cutting-edge and stimulating.
CSCA is holding a conference dealing with science and Christianity in Canada at, and co-hosted by, Trinity Western University, May 11 – 14, 2018. This conference will include Canadians in science, speakers dealing with issues relevant to our theme, and talks on science and Christian faith in general. Info and registration: www.csca.ca/may2018