Steve
Ball, Ph.D.

Phone: 903.233.3361
Email: StevenBall@letu.edu

  • Professor of Physics


I have been a professor of physics at LeTourneau University since 2001. I graduated from Baker University in Kansas, majoring in mathematics and physics. I completed my Ph.D. in experimental high energy physics in 1989 with the University of Kansas with a focus on hadronic B meson decays. My work with the ARGUS Collaboration in Germany led to post-doctoral appointments with the Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics, then Cornell University, resulting in over 100 articles in refereed journals.

I then taught at Bethel College in Indiana from 1993 until following the call to come to LeTourneau University. I have taught introductory physical science, astronomy, creation and evolution, and cosmology in addition to a broad range of undergraduate physics courses. My passion lies in finding a meaningful fit between science and biblical faith. This led me to write three articles as student resources on the topics of Big Bang cosmology, the age of the Earth and plate tectonics (links found below.) One goal of this work is to be a voice of reason in the midst of the emotional conflict between science and Biblical faith, helping to show that both are mutually supportive.

My recent sabbatical leave in the fall of 2014 allowed me the opportunity to explore this relationship more deeply, and to articulate my love for both God's Word and physics more effectively.

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Kansas, 1989, High Energy Physics
    Dissertation: B Meson Decays to Dπ and Dππ
  • B.S. Baker University, 1984, Mathematics and Physics

My Journey in High Energy Physics

Recent Scholarly Activity

  • "Kilonova: A New Era in Astronomy", talk given at the CSCA meeting at Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, Canada, May 11-14, 2018.
  • "Cosmology for Everyone", talk given at the American Scientific Affiliation Annual Meeting, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK, July 27, 2015.
  • "Recent Scholarly Perspectives on Genesis", talk given in the science seminar series at LeTourneau University, February 26, 2015.
  • Co-Organizer and Host of Debate "Christian Perspective on Origin of the Species and Humanity", LeTourneau University, Apr. 11, 2014.
  • Co-Organizer and Host of Live Streaming of Debate "Bill Nye vs Ken Ham", Feb. 4, 2014 and Panel Response to Debate, LeTourneau University, Feb. 17, 2014.
  • "God's Two Books: both Divine and Natural Authors", talk given at the American Scientific Affiliation Annual Meeting, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, July 21, 2012.
  • "The Origin of the Moon and the Origin of Humanity: An Analogy", talk given at the American Scientific Affiliation Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., The Catholic University (August 1, 2010).
  • "Elastic Collisions and Gravity", talk given at Texas APS/AAPT/SPS meeting, Tarleton State University (spring '09)

Articles on Science & Faith