Remember: May 19th, 2 PM our next function:
Our speaker will be local professor and author Paul Halpern.
Paul has written books which cover cool subjects like
apocalypses, alien planets, prediction, evolution, space
travel, worm holes, etc. His topic will be "Scientific
prediction vs. pseudoscientific 'prophecy'"
"The Astrolabe and the Oracle:
Scientific Prediction versus
Throughout history, information about the future has been a
precious commodity. This talk will offer an overview of
humanity's varied attempts to understand its destiny, both
through scientific and pseudoscientific
means. How much might we know about the world of
tomorrow? What does science tell us about the limits of
prediction? Why has supernatural"prophecy" attracted so
many adherents throughout the ages? Based on his new
book, "The Pursuit of Destiny: A History of Prediction,"
Paul Halpern will address these questions and more.
BIO: PAUL HALPERN
Paul Halpern, Professor of Physics at the University of
the Sciences in Philadelphia, is the author of seven
widely acclaimed popular science books including The
Pursuit of Destiny: A History of Prediction,
Countdown to Apocalypse: A Scientific Exploration of
the End of the World, and The Quest for Alien Planets:
Exploring Worlds Outside the Solar System.
Halpern has appeared on many television and radio
shows, including Future Quest and Radio Times. A
Fulbright Scholar and recipient of the Athenaeum
Society Literary Award, he has published numerous
research articles in the fields of general relativity,
cosmology, chaos theory, and complexity.
More information about him is found at:
All our meetings will be the 3rd Saturday of each month:
Then our final event for season, we have a picnic (bring your own food) June
9th in Upper Dublin Mondauk Park from 3 to 8. After that, we won't hold a
meeting till Sept 15th.
Our web discussion board has been teeming with activity lately:
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