I just wanted to write a brief note on the Origins Symposium at Arizona State University yesterday.
First, ASU in the spring time is nice. If you don’t beleive me, check it out:
Anyway, the goal of the Origins Symposium was to bring together some of the most famous and cutting edge scientists, and have them discuss life, how it began, its place in the cosmos, etc… It was really amazing and I hope they do it again.
I did not know that my friend’s children were deprived until I found out Lucy Hawking writes books for kids. How great is that! Lucy is the daughter of Stephen Hawking, who wrote “A Brief History of Time,” and who must have a sense of humor, because the book was actually a history of the universe since the Big Bang. I think it’s wonderful that Lucy is bringing Stephen’s theories to children’s level. It was also great to hear both of them speak.
The whole day was really great, and more importantly, it reminded me that we have a scientific community here. I just read “Escape” by Carolyn Jessop, which is about a part of Arizona where they burn books.
So Arizona is a contradiction. We have very smart people who live and work here at ASU, and then we have Colorado City (where “Escape” takes place) and many who are only slightly more advanced.