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04-20-2002, 10:08 PM
The State Journal-Register (http://www.sj-r.com) of Springfield, IL, published an article about The Bad Astronomer in today's edition. And FTR, David B wrote it. Don't know if it's up on the website yet...
Duck Duck Goose
04-20-2002, 11:41 PM
Just the facts
By DAVID BLOOMBERG
Philip Plait wishes every day was International Astronomy Day.
Although today is the official day used by scientists and hobbyists to bring astronomy to the general public, Plait, research manager at Sonoma State University in Northern California, wants to do something similar the other 364 days a year.
Plait, who received his doctorate in astronomy from the University of Virginia in 1994 and worked for NASA contractors on the Hubble space telescope, soon realized that he wanted to focus on public outreach. Now his job is to look for ways to get NASA science into the classroom.
That isnít the only way Plait tries to get science into public hands. Plait is better known for having created the "Bad Astronomy" Web site, www.badastronomy.com, on which he has tackled science-fiction movies, misconceptions and out-and-out pseudo-science...
It probably won't be at this URL same time next week, as the URL only says "Saturday". It'll be in the S-J archives somewhere.
04-21-2002, 12:46 AM
Ah, it's good to see the SDMB Illuminati are hard at work! Our agents are everywhere!
04-22-2002, 02:06 PM
All right, David B!
04-22-2002, 03:03 PM
Awright David B and Bad Astronomer!!
. . . Now, it's about time the State Journal-Register did some hard-hitting articles on that wonderful British comedienne, Kay Kendall . . .
04-22-2002, 06:45 PM
:oAll right, David B!. . . and of course, The Bad Astronomer!
The Bad Astronomer
04-29-2002, 11:44 PM
Heh. I just noticed this thread. ;-)
Thanks for posting it. Since the book came out, I've been trying pretty hard to get some airtime for it, and it's paying off. The publisher put a press agent on it, and we have one at my University too.
We just went into second printing, which is pretty cool. It's a small run, but I was able to get some typos and errors corrected. Now if we can get into a third run, I can fix some of the more subtle errors...
04-30-2002, 12:20 AM
Is this what you needed those Simpsons clips for?
04-30-2002, 01:50 AM
There's also a nice little write up in Bob Berman's "Sky Lights" column in the June issue of Discover magazine.
(From the table of contents page: "A warrior for scientific truth takes on the dark forces of bad astronomy." Geez, man, when's Bad Astronomy: The Movie coming out? I could just hear that being intoned by the Movie Preview Guy.)
04-30-2002, 02:38 AM
You're in the _Australian_ as well (and I offered to send the clipping but I think it fell off the first page too quickly or you hate me and are just ignoring me).
A brief but good mention.
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