Friday, January 06, 2017

Eclipse - Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon with Professor Frank Close

On 21 August 2017, over 100 million people will gather across a narrow strip of the USA to witness the most watched total solar eclipse in history.

On Thursday, Feb 2 we're delighted to welcome one of the UK's most well-known and respected physicists and science writer Professor Frank Close to discuss the spellbinding allure of this most beautiful of natural phenomena. He will also be discussing his latest book ‘Eclipse - Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon’, explaining why eclipses happen and revealing their role in history, literature and myth.

He'll also be focusing on 'eclipse chasers', who travel with ecstatic fervour to some of the most inaccessible places on the globe to be present at the moment of totality.


Frank Close lives in Abingdon, and his scientific career and achievements are genuinely outstanding. A professor of physics at the University of Oxford and a former head of the theoretical physics division at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, he is the author of bestselling books Antimatter, Neutrino, The Infinity Puzzle (the story behind the discovery of the Higgs Boson) and 'Half Life' (the true story of Harwell physicist Bruno Pontecorvo).

He has won the Association of British Science Writers award three times, was vice president of the British Association for Advancement of Science and won the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for Science Communication.

Frank will be at Mostly Books on the evening of Thursday, Feb 2nd at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4, to include a glass of wine, with £3 redeemable against a copy of 'Eclipse' on the night. We expect to be full on the night for this wonderful speaker, so please let us know as soon as you can if we can reserve you a space.

We hope to see you on the night!

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