Future Imperfect: did Science Fiction get it Right?

Friday October 13, 2006 – 7:30 p.m. at the Almonte United Church Social Hall

Speaker: Peter Watson

Topic: Future Imperfect: did Science Fiction get it Right?

Synopsis:

We have often been told that Science Fiction predicted something years before it became a reality. There is no point in looking at today’s science fiction to answer the question, but it is fascinating to look at the SF of 50 or 100 years ago, since we live in their future.

Speaker’s Profile:

Peter Watson has been in the Carleton physics department since 1971. Educated in the UK, he has spent time in Africa and Switzerland as well as Canada. His main research is in theoretical particle physics, and he has published about 45 papers in the area: currently he is working on the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. He has taught a wide variety of courses, both inside and outside of physics.

His only qualification for giving this talk is that he read far too much science fiction as a child, particularly when his father said he should be doing more useful things.

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