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Dec. 7, 2007

Café Scientifique presents free talk on the Big Bang Theory Dec. 13

"The Physics of the Big Bang" will be the subject of a free, public talk from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, on the Mezzanine Floor of the Cottage Bakery and Café, 14 S. Linn St. Vincent Rodgers, professor in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy, will speak.

Rodgers notes that the theory -- introduced in 1931 by a Belgian priest as a solution to Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity -- has stood the test of time. He plans to discuss the idea of the Big Bang and some of the experimentation that has catapulted the Big Bang theory into a household word.

The talk is the third to be presented by Café Scientifique of Iowa City during the fall 2007 semester. Sessions are held on the second Thursday of the month from September to May. Café Scientifique of Iowa City is a meeting forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology. The Web site for Café Scientifique is located at:

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