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Ask a Scientist is a casual, educational, entertaining lecture series that takes place at cafes and other informal venues around San Francisco. Founded in 2003, Ask a Scientist was a pioneer in the now-familiar world of science night life, and holds the title of the oldest "science cafe" in the western U.S. Our talks feature an expert speaker on a scientific topic, a short presentation, and the opportunity to ask all those burning questions that have been keeping you up at night. No tests, grades, or pressure — just food, drinks, socializing, and conversation about the universe’s most fascinating mysteries!


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The Sciences in Ancient Greece and Rome: How Far Did They Get?
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dr. Richard Carrier — world-renowned author and speaker — is an expert in ancient science. Since earning his PhD at Columbia University, he has written numerous books on modern philosophy and ancient history. In this lively, illustrated talk, Dr. Carrier will compare modern science (from the Scientific Revolution to today) with science in the ancient Greco-Roman world, where science as we know it began. We will understand what the Greeks and Romans achieved — and how close they got to their own scientific revolution. This event is presented in partnership with Chabot Space & Science Center and Wonderfest, the Bay Area Beacon of Science.

7:00 pm: Wine & Light Food Reception
8:00 pm: Presentation

Speaker: Dr. Richard Carrier, historian and author

Location: Chabot Space & Science Center, Tien Megadome Theater: 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland

Cost: $15 for presentation only; $25 for presentation PLUS general musem admission. Buy tickets here.

Eats: Beer and wine will be available for purchase before the presentation, starting at 7pm.