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Star-Craving Mad: Tales from a Travelling Astronomer


Prof. Fred Watson

Astronomer-in-Charge of the Australian Astronomical Observatory
Siding Spring Observatory


Fred Watson knows all about the madness that drives people to understand the Universe and unlock its secrets. Now you can join Fred on a unique tour to unravel the mysteries of space and time in this up-to-date summary of the state of our knowledge in physics, astronomy and astrobiology. From primitive observatories in ancient Peru to the world's largest atom-smasher in modern-day Switzerland. See Pluto demoted from planetary status and go behind the headlines to find the truth about the Transit of Venus and the Higgs Boson. And meet some of science's most colourful characters. Throughout Fred weaves the epic story of humanity's growing understanding of the Universe.

Fred will talk about the book and answer questions from the audience.
He will be available for book signings after the event.


Professor Fred Watson has been Astronomer-in-Charge of the Australian Astronomical Observatory since 1995 and holds adjunct positions at several universities in Australia. In addition to his academic career, Fred has helped to popularise astronomy and space science through broadcasts, talks and other outreach programs, winning the 2006 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science. He has also written a number of award-winning books including Stargazer and Why Is Uranus Upside Down?