ALAN DUFFY & CARA SANTA MARIA (2017)
For one night only in November 2017, Think Inc. has brought Australian audiences two of the most internationally celebrated science communicators: astrophysicist and science expert Professor Alan Duffy, together with LA Area Emmy Award winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer and podcaster, Cara Santa Maria. Together they took the stage in Melbourne, Australia to create Beyond the Eye.
Audiences joined them as they delved into the most bright and beguiling mysteries of our universe. They myth busted the shrinking Moon Illusion, looked at why stars appear to wander across the sky, examined how the twinkling of a star can tell us how big it is, the science behind mirages, and how galaxies are organised into ‘cosmic webs’.
Alan Duffy has paved a reputable career, publishing over 20 critically acclaimed papers on astronomy and cosmology, dedicating his time and knowledge to communicating science in Indigenous and metropolitan schools across the country. He famously creates universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our Milky Way form and grow within the vast halos of invisible dark matter.
On the other side of the globe, psychologist, philosopher and academic Cara Santa Maria has dedicated her life to improving science literacy by communicating scientific principles across media platforms. She rose to popularity with science programs such as TechKnow on Al Jazeera America, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast, as well as hosting her own weekly podcast Talk Nerdy.
Think Inc., together with Professor Alan Duffy and Cara Santa Maria, invited audiences to probe the depths of scientific knowledge and engage in an open discussion on the cosmos.