Fantastic Silver Fox – Marcus Chown to visit our blog

Not only rock stars go on tour. And not every overseas jaunt involves jets and carbon footprint damage.

Arch exponent of popular science Marcus Chown, bestowed with the  Smartest, sexiest silver fox award in our Auckland Readers and Writers Festival sum up is on a virtual trip around the blogosphere, and will be popping into our very own blog on Tuesday 19 January for a visit.

Marcus’s biography sums him up thus:

Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Fomerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is currently cosmology consultant of the weekly science magazine New Scientist. His books include The Universe Next Door, Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You and Felicity Frobisher and the Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil, which the UK’s The Sunday Times called “One of the books most likely to fire children’s imaginations”. Although Marcus’s wife is a nurse and does a very socially useful job, Marcus tends to write about things that are of absolutely no use to man or beast! Can time run backwards? Are there an infinity of universes playing out all possible histories? Was our Universe made as a DIY experiment by extraterrestrials in another universe?

Have you got any questions for Marcus? Comment away!

2 thoughts on “Fantastic Silver Fox – Marcus Chown to visit our blog

  1. Mo-mo 6 January 2010 / 10:28 am

    As the co-originator of the hallowed “silver fox” mantle I feel I should throw my hat into the ring and ask a question or two, after all there is a brain under that greying barnet (we don’t want to objectify anyone, do we?). So, I would like to know –

    Why is it that scientists are usually so terrible at explaining scientific things *cough* Stephen Hawking *cough*? It almost seems like they’re being confusing ON PURPOSE (though, surely that’s not true).

    Do you have any suggestions of authors other than your good self who have a knack for making this stuff intelligible to the average punter?

    What’s the weirdest scientific fact that you’ve ever come across?

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