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The history of the universe in 60 minutes

A renowned science writer and broadcaster will give a one hour, high-impact talk on the history of the universe next week (Friday 17 March 2006), illustrated by Teletubbies, Led Zeppelin and an electrified gherkin.

Simon Singh, best-selling author of ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’ and ‘The Code Book’, will talk about his latest book, ‘Big Bang’, a history of cosmology. As well as explaining what the Big Bang theory actually is, Simon will recount how the theory emerged and tell the story of the brilliant and eccentric scientists who fought against the establishment idea of an eternal and unchanging cosmos. He will also look at the astronomical evidence in favour of a Big Bang moment of creation and discuss why today’s cosmologists remain confident that the Big Bang theory is an accurate description of the origin and evolution of the universe.

Singh completed a PhD in particle physics before joining the BBC. He has presented Mind Games on BBC4, the Science of Secrecy on Channel 4 and Five Numbers on Radio 4.

The event, which is open to all, will take place from 1-2pm in Purdie Lecture Theatre A. No tickets are required. Professor Keith Horne of the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy will introduce the speaker.

The event is being held as part of National Science Week (10-19 March 2006). Full details available at www.the-ba.net/nsw or www.st- andrews.ac.uk

Further details about Simon Singh – www.simonsingh.net

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