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2017 Sci-Fi Meets Sci-Fact Lecture with Gregory Benford

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Marston Exploration Theater

781 South Terrace Road

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"Thinking Big in the 21st Century”

Science fiction has penetrated art, literature and popular culture. But how can we separate fact from fiction, when many bizarre Sci-Fi ideas later turn out to be correct? The annual Sci-Fi Meets Sci-Fact lecture is a fun evening of information and entertainment that addresses the burning question - Can it really be done? This lecture is suited for the young, and the young at heart.

Join us on the evening of November 2nd, 2017 at ASU's Marston Theater located in ISTB 4, for the 2017 Sci-Fi Meets Sci-Fact Lecture given by Gregory Benford, professor of physics at UC Irvine.

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Our grand problems demand a scale as large as our planet, and indeed, larger. Climate change. Pollution. Depleted resources. Population and how to support it. Two areas of technology promise help: the industrialization of the solar system, and geoengineering. Both need new technologies and management, but especially, vision.

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Gregory Benford is a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, was Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, and in 1995 received the Lord Prize for contributions to science. He directed the UCI plasma lab for two decades and performed the first sail stability experiments there in the early 2000s. He published several hundred scientific papers in several fields.

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