MN Planetarium Society
presents
Simon Singh
Big Bang
Nov. 14th, 2005

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Mpls Community College

Mpls Community College

Mpls Community College

Irene H. Whitney Fine Arts Center

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Parke does intros

Parke does intros

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Big Bang: Simon Singh

Big Bang: Simon Singh

The Other Big Bang

Big Bang: Simon Singh

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Big Bang: Simon Singh

secret message

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refreshments

Planetarium display

selling books

selling books

signing books

signing books

signing books

Simon & Parke

Parke & Simon

Parke & Simon

BIG BANG - The History of the Universe in 60 Minutes

Simon Singh, best selling author, TV and radio host, renowned speaker presents a FREE lecture, open to the public

Monday, November 14th

7pm Lecture
8pm Book Signing

FREE and open to the public

Minneapolis Community and Technical College - Theater
1501 Hennepin Av
Minneapolis , MN

ABOUT THE LECTURE :
Simon Singh will explain what the Big Bang theory is, will recount how the theory emerged and will tell the story of the brilliant and eccentric scientists who fought against the establishment idea of an eternal and unchanging cosmos. He will also look at the astronomical evidence in favor of a Big Bang moment of creation and discuss why today's cosmologists remain confident that the Big Bang theory is an accurate description of the origin and evolution of the universe. The lecture is likely to include Led Zeppelin, the Teletubbies and an electrified gherkin.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR :
Simon Singh is a science writer and broadcaster. He completed a PhD in particle physics from the University of Cambridge before joining BBC TV in London . A former BBC producer, he directed the Emmy-nominated documentary film The Proof, has presented Mind Games on BBC4, the Science of Secrecy on Channel 4 and Five Numbers on Radio 4. His first book, Fermat's Enigma, became a No.1 bestseller in Britain , which was followed by The Code Book, a history of codes and code breaking, which was also a bestseller. His most recent book is Big Bang, a history of cosmology.

ABOUT THE BOOK :
Simon Singh's New York Times Bestseller, BIG BANG: The Origins of the Universe (Perennial; November 2005; $14.95; ISBN 0-00-716221-9) is a clear-sighted and highly entertaining look at the history and science that led to one of the most important theories of the 20th century. Singh has an uncommon talent for explaining difficult science to the layman. In BIG BANG he leads readers on a journey back into history and out into the cosmos as he explains how scientists arrived at the remarkable theory of the universe and why it is almost certainly correct. "Humans have been staring up into space for thousands of generations," Singh writes, "but we are privileged to be part of the first generation who can claim to have a respectable, rational and coherent description for the creation and evolution of the universe. The Big Bang model offers an elegant explanation of the origin of everything we see in the night sky, making it one of the greatest achievements of the human intellect and spirit. It is the consequence of an insatiable curiosity, a fabulous imagination, acute observation and ruthless logic." Singh peppers his energized account with humor, anecdotes, and personal histories of those who struggled to understand creation. He never hides his own astonishment over the simplicity and beauty of the Big Bang model and his contagious enthusiasm for sharing his chosen subject with the general reader enlivens every page.

"It's hard to imagine a grander, more thrilling story...fast-paced...hugely entertaining...BIG BANG is, quite literally, cosmic." - New York Times

"Singh spins out the drama with verve and wit...a perfect book for anyone who wants to know what science is all about." - Scientific American

"You expect Simon Singh to be cosmic, mind-expanding, and munificent with history and ideas. But besides all that, who knew that the BIG BANG could be so much fun?" - James Gleick, best-selling author of Chaos and Faster

WHERE:
Minneapolis Community and Technical College - Theater
1501 Hennepin Av
Minneapolis , MN

Directions at http://www.minneapolis.edu/aboutMCTC/directions.cfm

PARKING:
Parking is available in the parking ramp for $5.00 cash ($1.00, $5.00 or $10.00 bills and/or quarter or dollar coins are accepted) for the auto-cashier. Entrances are on Hennepin Av and on Laurel Av.

SPONSORED BY:

Minnesota Planetarium Society
Graves Hotels Resorts
HarperCollins Publishers
Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library

CONTACT: Parke Kunkle at 612-659-6068.

Photos by Ben Huset

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