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Start the Discussion: Host a Cosmic Café!

  Brian Greene
  2011 SPS Intern Anish Chakrabarti introduces guest speaker Dr. James Gates at a SPS's first Cosmic Café, held at RFD in Washington, DC.

Science cafés are live, lively events that take place in casual settings such as pubs and coffeehouses, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a topic of common interest, like The Science of Love and Sex and Man vs Machine. Science Cafes are already meeting in cities around the world, from Cleveland, OH to Nairobi, Kenya, with great success in engaging people that wouldn’t normally pursue science.

Inspired by the premiere of The Fabric of the Cosmos, a NOVA series exploring the strange nature of space, time and the universe, SPS and NOVA are organizing a national Cosmic Café campaign during the month of November.

The Challenge: All SPS chapters are challenged to host a Cosmic Café in their local area, sometime during the month of November.

Science Cafés are a grassroots movement - anyone, anywhere can host a café. There is no overarching organization, but there are lots of resources to help.

Visit the Cosmic Café Toolkit for a guide to hosting a science café, and to sign up for the free SPS Cosmic Café kit.

About the Fabric of the Cosmos

The Fabric of the Cosmos, a four-hour series based on the book by renowned physicist and author Brian Greene, takes us to the frontiers of physics in a mind-bending new four-hour special that challenges our view of the universe and our notion of reality.

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Fabric of the Cosmos host Briane Greene explains that our perceptions of time and space have led us astray.  

Acclaimed physicist and host Brian Greene lets NOVA viewers in on a secret: We’ve all been deceived. Our perceptions of time and space have led us astray. Much of what we thought we knew about our universe—that the past has already happened and the future is yet to be, that space is just an empty void, that our universe is the only universe that exists—just might be wrong.

The Fabric of the Cosmos premieres on four consecutive Wednesday nights in November 2011 at 9pm ET/PT on PBS: “What is Space?” (11/2); “The Illusion of Time” (11/9); “Quantum Leap” (11/16); and “Universe or Multiverse?” (11/23).

Are you watching NOVA's The Fabric of the Cosmos? Have you participated in a Cosmic Café? Visiting The Fabric of the Cosmos page on the NOVA website? We want to know about it! Tell us what you think!

The Fabric of the Cosmos has been nominated for an Emmy!

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the 33rd annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards nominations - and The Fabric of the Cosmos has been nominated for Outstanding Science & Technology Programming. The winners will be announced Monday, October 1st. Read the press release here.

For now, keep hosting Science Cafes and get ready for the 2012 Fabric of the Cosmos themed SOCK (Science Outreach Catalyst Kit).


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