Too Close To The Sun: Stories of Flash Points

Thursday, May 31, 2012, 7:30 - 9pm

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With Andy Borowitz, Paul Davies, Siddhartha Mukherjee, and others

The World Science Festival, presented with New York's innovative storytelling collective, The Moth, bring esteemed scientists, writers and artists to tell on-stage stories about their personal relationship with science. In keeping with Moth tradition, each story must be true and told within ten minutes, without notes. The result is a poignant, hilarious, and enjoyably unpredictable evening that's sure to intrigue and surely hard to forget.

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Presented in collaboration with The Moth.

This event is part of the 2012 World Science Festival.

The World Science Festival returns to New York City May 30 - June 3, 2012 with an extraordinary lineup of science programs designed to make the esoteric understandable and the familiar fascinating. Many of the world's leading scientific minds join renowned artists and influential thinkers for an unforgettable five-day celebration of science. Through discourse and debate, dance and theater, and film and music, the 2012 World Science Festival allows everyone - kids and adults, novice and enthusiast - to experience science in a unique and thrilling way.

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.