Bright sparks on show in Grafton

By TOBY WALKER

twalker@dailyexaminer.com.au

IT'S funny how many of us can't possibly imagine life without the popular inventions that often make it so easy.

The mobile phone, ice trays, Sudoku ? all great innovations that once seemed unimaginable until some bright spark made them so.

And it seems even science festivals have the same evolutionary process.

In 1989 mathematician, author and BBC broadcaster Howie Firth decided the world needed to celebrate science with a festival, and so began the Edinburgh International Science Festival, the first of its kind.

Ten years later Mr Firth was sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm of such things with like-minded and interested people at Grafton's own International Philosophy, Science and Theology Festival.

In the last 16 years Mr Firth has developed a pattern for science festivals around the world including the Orkney Science Festival.

Mr Firth's passion was rewarded with royal approval when last July the Queen presented Howie with an MBE for his services to science.

On June 20 Mr Firth will return to the Jacaranda City to deliver a talk for the 4th International Philosophy, Science and Theology Festival. All sessions are open to the public at a cost of $10 for each.

Phone 6642 8684 for more information or visit the web site www.pstf.com.au for more details.



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