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Monday, April 25, 2005

The Science Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Cafe Scientifique is an informal, Meetup-style gathering of science- and technology-minded folks that's beginning to catch on in the UK. Groups meet in cafes, pubs and restaurants to hear scientists, technologists, writers and others talk about their work, and to ask questions. Meetings are free and open to the public.

In a sense, Cafe Scientifique sounds like a throwback to the European salons of the Eighteenth Century, which served as incubators for some of the modern world's greatest scientific and political thinking. Can Cafe Scientifique live up to that standard? More fundamentally, will the concept spread beyond the UK?

Source: GeniusNow