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Event: 'Marcia Bartusiak And Lisa Randall Discuss Science And Creativity, First Parish Church, Cambridge' Print
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Date: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 At 06:30 pm
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Cambridge Forum is excited to welcome science journalist MARCIA BARTUSIAK and physicist/composer LISA RANDALL as they explore the creative inspiration involved in scientific research and science writing.

Marcia Bartusiak is an acclaimed science journalist, and has written a number of books on the history of science. Her most recent book, The Day We Found the Universe, describes the day in 1925 when thirty-five-year-old Edwin Hubble announced the observation that ultimately established that our universe was a thousand trillion times larger than previously believed, filled with myriad galaxies like our own. This discovery dramatically reshaped how humans understood their place in the cosmos, and once and for all laid to rest the idea that the Milky Way galaxy was alone in the universe. Six years later, continuing research by Hubble and others forced Albert Einstein to renounce his own cosmic model and finally accept the astonishing fact that the universe was not immobile but instead expanding.

Lisa Randall is both a composer and an expert in particle physics and string theory. Her most recent book, Warped Passages, takes us into the incredible world of warped, hidden dimensions that underpin the universe we live in, describing how we might prove their existence, while examining the questions that they still leave unanswered. It provides an overview that tracks the arc of discovery from early twentieth-century physics to the razor's edge of today's particle physics and string theory, unweaving the current debates about relativity, quantum mechanics, and gravity.



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