[ASC-media] Margaret Wertheim speaking on Space and Spirit: Why Science and Religion together are driving us crazy

Shore, Jesse JesseS at PHM.GOV.AU
Tue Aug 1 11:15:54 CEST 2006

Acclaimed science commentator to appear in Sydney for National Science

US-based Australian scientist and author, Margaret Wertheim will tackle
the double-edged sword of science and religion when she visits Sydney as
a guest of National Science Week and the Ultimo Science Festival next

Not many people can claim to have written on science for such a diverse
range of outlets as The New York Times and Glamour. Margaret Wertheim
has carved a unique niche for herself as a communicator of science, in
particular physics, to a broad audience. She writes regularly for The
Australian's Review of Books and writes a monthly column on science and
society for The Age newspaper.

Wertheim came to international prominence with the publication of her
book Pythagorus' Trousers. In it, she argues that, from the beginning,
physics has been a boys club and, to a large extent, it remains so. At a
time when women have become presidents, astronauts, fighter pilots,
Supreme Court judges, and racing car drivers, not a single woman has
ever headed a particle accelerator facility. 

Wertheim's free talk, Space and Spirit: Why Science and Religion
together are driving us crazy, will explore how the different systems of
science and religion both attempt to make sense of the world and of
humanity's place within a wider cosmological scheme. ABC TV's Paul
Willis will chair the discussion at the Powerhouse Museum on Thursday
August 17 (at 6pm). 

Wertheim appears as part of the Ultimo Science Festival. For the first
time, the Powerhouse Museum, University of Technology, Sydney, the ABC
and the Sydney Institute of Technology TAFE have joined forces to make
Ultimo a hub of scientific discovery and marvels. Amazing science events
will stretch for more than a kilometre along Harris Street with
activities lasting for five days and nights, from August 16 to 20.

The Ultimo Science Festival has been made possible with funding from the
Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training, the
City of Sydney and the NSW Office for Science and Medical Research.

For a bio, images or interviews with Margaret Wertheim, contact Quick
Thinking Communications on 0403 343 275 or qtcom at optusnet.com.au. For
more events, see www.scienceweek.info.au or


Dr Jesse Shore
Senior curator, Sciences
Powerhouse Museum
PO Box K346
Haymarket, NSW 1238
Tel: +61 (0)2 9217 0176
Fax: +61 (0)2 9217 0355
email: jesses at phm.gov.au

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