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The Vision Thing
Code: 87  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Science & Environment, History, Biography & Memoir
Friday, May 18 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Robyn Arianrhod, Dava Sobel, Ashley Hay (facilitator)
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Where would our world be without the scientific visionaries who have pushed through the frontiers and helped us to understand the laws of our universe? Dava Sobel has brilliantly described the celestial revolution led by Copernicus, while Robyn Arianrhod brings to light the two women who spread the word on the work of Newton, who took the fledgling Copernican hypothesis and turned it into the world’s first comprehensive scientific theory. They talk to Ashley Hay.

Robyn Arianrhod (Australian)

Dr Robyn Arianrhod is a writer and mathematician, and an adjunct research fellow at Monash University. Her first book, Einstein’s Heroes, was shortlisted for The Age Non-fiction Book of the Year Award and the Victorian Premier’s Prize, and has been translated into several languages. Her latest book is Seduced by Logic.

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Dava Sobel (International)

Dava Sobel is the acclaimed author of the bestselling titles Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, The Illustrated Longitude and The Planets. She has written for The New York Times, Harvard Magazine, Omni, Science Digest, Discover and The New Yorker, and also had an asteroid – discovered in 1994 by David Levy and Carolyn Shoemaker – officially registered by them as (30935) Davasobel. She lives in East Hampton, New York. Her most recent release is A More Perfect Heaven.

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Ashley Hay (Australian)

Ashley Hay is a former literary editor of The Bulletin and the author of four books of non-fiction: The Secret: The strange marriage of Annabella Milbanke and Lord Byron, Gum: The story of eucalypts and their champions, and Herbarium and Museum with visual artist Robyn Stacey. The Body in the Clouds is her first novel and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book (South East Asia and Pacific), and the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards.

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