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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 7:30-8:45pm
With terms like Big-Seers, Student-People, Home-World, and All-there-is, cosmologist Roberto Trotta's new book could mistakenly be placed on a futuristic Science Fiction shelf. Instead, Trotta took on the heavy -- and crafty -- task of explaining the universe (All-there-is) using the 1,000 most common words in the English language. The Edge of the Sky: All That You Need to Know About the All-There-Is is an account of dark matter, the big bang, space, and modern discoveries of Student-People (aka scientists). The book's "whimsical," "interpretive" language will engage general audiences, as well as make the experts think twice about what's on the page. He'll share why it's important to make science accessible to all -- hopefully, using the 1,000 most common words -- and how the language used can make cosmology fun for all. Trotta is a theoretical cosmologist at the Imperial College London. Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of The Seattle Science Lectures sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU. Tickets: $5. Town Hall Member Benefits: Priority seating and discounted onsite book sales. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. Learn more: About Trotta. READ MORE: http://www.townhallseattle.org/roberto-trotta-the-universe-in-1000-words/
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Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 6-7:15pm
Radiation from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has finally reached the United States' West Coast, impacting fisheries along the Pacific Ocean. Three years later, these and other effects of Fukushima are only beginning to appear. Helen Caldicott, former President of the Physicians for Social Responsibility, examines the radiation-related health risks, monkeys with blood abnormalities, negative impact on the Pacific, and other lasting consequences of the calamity in Crisis Without End. She'll shed light on these trends, giving an overview of how they impact not only the people of Japan, but the United States. Caldicott will also share her judgement of how these lasting impacts should impact U.S. nuclear policy. A trained physician, Caldicott is also the author of several books, including If You Love This Planet and The New Nuclear Danger. Presented by: Town Hall, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Elliott Bay Book Company, as part of the Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW. Tickets: $5. Town Hall Member Benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales. Doors open: 5:30 p.m. Learn more: Read more about the medical implications of Fukushima. READ MORE: http://www.townhallseattle.org/helen-caldicott-fukushimas-ongoing-impact/