Beer + science + your mom = awesome
This is organized by Matt, the publicity director at my press, and my mom is one of the speakers, so take note stalkers: I will be there. Even if you're not a stalker, though, there is plenty of fun and edification to be had. From Matt's description:
Science used to be exciting. Or at least some of its characters were. People used to crowd smoky taverns and coffee houses passionately squabbling over the science and politics of the day. Discourse was a main course, while ideas and opinions were the ingredients in these exchanges. In this grand tradition, we cordially invite you to the first program in a semi-monthly series of the Café Scientifique, Washington DC. This inaugural program will feature four science authors in what we're calling "speed reading." The audience will be divided into four smaller groups, and spend ten minutes with each author and rotate, in a round robin fashion, for a two hour period. The object is to promote spirited scientific discourse in a non-scientific environment, and, of course, to have some fun.I think it's going to be a blast. We'll have string theory critic Peter Woit, whose Not Even Wrong got written up in the New Yorker this week; Mike Stebbins of Sex Drugs & DNA; our own author John Whitfield, who plays Indonesian gamelan and whose In the Beat of a Heart explains why it's so easy for an elephant to overdose on LSD; and of course my mom, with her book on the history of in vitro fertilization and how it relates to current public opinion about cloning.
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