Café Scientifique is an international movement of scientists and interested citizens who organize informal monthly discussion groups. Our goal is to provide a place for public discussion of interesting and controversial issues in contemporary science.
We are currently meeting at the Outlook Hotel 800 28th Street (frontage road) Boulder, CO 80303 (303) 443-3322
Refreshments begin at 5:30 pm and the talk starts at 6:00 pm. Traditionally the presenter will speak for 15 - 25 minutes, which is followed by a question and answer period that lasts until ~7:00 pm. We then break, however, the speaker usually stays around for individual discussion and questions with audience members that wish to talk further. In October, we will restrict attendance to fifty people. The Outlook will provide a limited food menu (meat and veggie options) for the event, and full drink service. We recommend that those wishing to order food plan on arriving by 5:30. Anyone that wants to partake of the full menu, can eat in the adjacent restaurant before or after Café Sci. To RSVP for this month's café click here. We usually meet on the second Tuesday of the month (check the website for exact dates as this sometimes varies).
The University of Colorado Chapter of Sigma Xi, and is organized by Carol Kearns and PJ Bennett. For more information or to be added to our email list for monthly notifications of Café Sci events, click here.
For more information on international Café Sci venues and the history of Café Sci, visit:
There is also a Café Sci in Denver:
December 10, 2013
Retired, Department of Mathematics, University of Colorado Boulder
"In the Dark on the Sunny Side" tells the story of a young American boy blinding himself by accident and ending up an internationally well-known expert on harmonic analysis and wavelet theory. Born in 1939 and becoming totally blind in 1944, the author experiences being one of the very first blind students main-streamed through the public school system, college, and university. His memoir gives a hint at what it was like to grow up blind in America during the second half of the last century. It also gives a picture of how it is possible for a blind boy to become a world-famous expert in mathematics and to become a successful university professor. Finally, it shows how one may enjoy life in spite of being blind in a very much visually designed world.
To RSVP for this month's café click here.