Bad Astronomy – A guest lecture by Dr Phil Plait (USA)

Dr Phil Plait - The Bad Astronomer
Dr Phil Plait - The Bad Astronomer from the USA will visit the Gold Coast

The Bad Astronomer, Dr Phil Plait arrives on the Gold Coast this week to challenge the way many of us misunderstand science.

Dr Plait will visit the new Griffith Health Centre onThursday 8 August to explore popular science myths and demolish an array of scientific misconceptions, from standing eggs on end, to blowing up asteroids.

Using video clips from several blockbuster movies and television shows including “Armageddon”, “Deep Impact”, “Enterprise”, and “The Simpsons”, he talks about Hollywood science and the lack thereof.

For as long as he can remember, Dr. Phil Plait has been in love with science.

“When I was maybe four or five years old, my dad brought home a cheapo department store telescope. I aimed it at Saturn that night. Took one look, and that was it. I was hooked,” he says.

Griffith University’s Pro Vice Chancellor of Sciences Debra Henly said Dr Plait’s lecture was a real coup for the Gold Coast, Queensland and for Griffith University as host.

“For us to be able to attract such an internationally renowned speaker, blogger and author for a free public lecture is a great achievement for all of those involved in his visit,” Professor Henly said.

“Griffith is recognised internationally for its work in scientific research and is very proud to host one of the world’s thought leaders in astronomy.”

Join us for this unique opportunity to hear from Dr Phil Plait; American astronomer, skeptic, writer and popular science blogger.

You can check out his blog here – Bad Astronomy

When: Thursday 8 August 2013, from 6.00pm — 7.30pm

Where: Griffith Health Institute Lecture Theatre, G40_6.63

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  • You can register a maximum of three guests.
  • Only people who have registered will be able to attend this event.