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Astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett to demystify global warming Oct. 26 at ISU

October 21, 2016

Astrophysicist, NASA scientist and best-selling author Jeffrey Bennett will deliver the talk “Global Warming Demystified: The Science. The Consequences, and the Solutions (and why conservatives and liberals can all agree)” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Idaho State University.

Portrait of Jeffrey Bennett.The talk will be held in Room 140 of the ISU Physical Science Building.

Bennett is the author of bestselling college texts, critically acclaimed books for the general public, and children’s books.

He will address the question “Is human-induced global warming real or a hoax?”  Most people will express an opinion on this question, but relatively few can back their opinions with solid evidence, Bennett said.  

This is true on both sides, as most “believers” are no better able to explain the scientific case for global warming than “skeptics” are able to make a case against it. Many times politicians and media pundits say “I am not a scientist” to avoid the issue altogether.  But the truth is, the basic science is not that difficult, according to Bennett.

 In this presentation, Bennett will give audience members the foundation they need to speak intelligently about the science behind global warming, and show why the solutions to this important problem are ones that people of all political persuasions can agree on.  His talk will address questions or doubts some people have about the reality of global warming and what Americans should do about it.

The lecture is suitable for anyone ages 11 and older. The talk is based on Dr. Bennett's Global Warming Primer ( 

Poster of Bennett's presentation Bennett is the lead author of bestselling college textbooks in astronomy, astrobiology, mathematics and statistics; of critically acclaimed titles for the general public including Beyond UFOs (Princeton University Press, 2008/2011), Math for Life (Big Kid Science 2014), What is Relativity? (Columbia University Press, 2014), and On Teaching Science  (Big Kid Science, 2014). His first five books for children are currently orbiting Earth and being read by astronauts aboard the International Space Station for the new “Story Time From Space” program ( 

Bennett was recently honored with the American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award. His personal website is Bennett will be available from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and 8:30 – 9 p.m. for questions and book signing.