For most of us, Stephen Hawkings A Brief History of Time is a coffee table book -- something we wanted to read (or wanted others to think we read) but never did. Thats a shame, because Dr. Stephen Hawking is more than a contemporary bright light of theoretical physics and cosmology: Hes a man with cheeky sense of humor. When I hear about Schrödinger's cat, he once said, I reach for my gun.
Whether youre an aficionado of things quantum-gravitational or just want to see what all of the fuss is about, dont miss Hawkings My Brief History talk at Arizona State Universitys Origins Project Science & Culture Festival. A multimedia tour of the planets incorporating recent NASA imagery and narrated by Laurence Krauss will precede the speech. Due to Hawkings health issues, theres always the chance hell send a proxy or a recorded message, but even hearing a canned speech from the famed astrophysicist is like staring into the sun.
Sat., April 9, 7 p.m., 2011