If the Sun Were Made of Bananas, It Wouldn't Make Much Difference: Find Out Why at Perimeter Institute Public Lecture on March 2

WATERLOO, ON, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - Did you know you could fit the entire human race in the volume of a sugar cube? Or that, if the Sun were made of bananas, it wouldn't make much difference? Or that 98 per cent of the Universe is invisible?

On Wednesday, March 2, as part of Perimeter Institute's Public Lecture Series presented by Sun Life Financial, award-winning science writer and broadcaster Marcus Chown will discuss how the Universe we live in is far stranger than anything we could possibly have invented.

Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Marcus Chown is currently cosmology consultant of the weekly science magazine New Scientist. His books include We Need to Talk About Kelvin, 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".

Marcus Chown's lecture, entitled "My Top 10 Bonkers Things About the Universe" will be held Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  Tickets will be available starting Monday, February 14th, 2011.

Further details can be found at www.perimeterinstitute.ca.

About Perimeter Institute
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) is an independent, non-profit, scientific research organization working to advance our understanding of physical laws and develop new ideas about the very essence of space, time, matter and information. Located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, PI also provides a wide array of research training and educational outreach activities to nurture scientific talent and share the importance of discovery and innovation among students, teachers and the general public. In partnership with the Governments of Ontario and Canada, PI is a successful example of public-private collaboration in scientific research, training and outreach.  

SOURCE Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

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Media Inquiries: Lisa Lambert, llambert[at]perimeterinstitute[dot]ca 519.569.7600 x5051

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