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Simon Singh gets a Big Bang in Frankfurt; science writer calls Intelligent Design 'stupid design'
In an interview at a Frankfurt Book Fair Forum with Die Zeit magazine reporter and author Christoph Drosser, science writer Simon Singh used his new book Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe (Fourth Estate; January, 2005) to discuss the difference between speculation and science. Arguing that comprehension of The Big Bang Theory is not as difficult as it may seem, Singh points out that a scientific fact, such as the Big Bang, may seem 'crazy' or incomprehensible, but that does not make it any less 'real.' Singh went on to point out that many things people find credible, such as Homeopathy, are not scientific or based on observable reality and gave examples of why the new so-called science of Intelligent Design should be called 'Stupid Design' instead, and suggested that such supernatural ideas are better left to religion and art than science.

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Wim Wenders Finds 'A Sense of Place' among writers, critics and cartoonists at Frankfurt Book Fair: Wim Wenders, Yoko Tawada, Jess Jochimsen, Mario Adorf, Klaus Espermuller, Volker Reiche, Peter Gaymann, and Joshua Sobol draw large crowds at Frankfurt Book Fair 2005

Doris Kearns Goodwin explores the political genius of Abraham Lincoln in new biography: Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin draws portrait of Abraham Lincoln's multi-faceted character that made him one of America's greatest political leaders during time of crisis

Frankfurt Book Fair sets new attendance records: 280,000 visitors and 7,200 exhibitors from 101 countries attend world's largest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany

Barbara Ehreneich goes undercover in a search of the American Dream: Bestselling author and New York Times reporter Barbara Ehrenreich joins the ranks of unemployed white collar executives in search of the American Dream--a $50,000 job with health benefits

Myla Goldberg explores influenza epidemic of 1918 in new novel, 'Wickett's Remedy': Bestselling author of 'The Bee Season' talks about challenges of researching influenza experiments on prisoners in 1918 as 40-80 million people die in largest pandemic the world has ever known

Ann Beattie, winner of $30,000 Rea Award for short story writing, reads 'Coping Stones': Ann Beattie reads 'Coping Stones,' published in September 12, 2005, issue of 'The New Yorker' at the University of New Hampshire and one week later wins the $30,000 Rea Award for her celebrated work as a short story writer

Umberto Eco sheds light on 'The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana': Famed semiotician and novelist Umberto Eco offers a love letter to literature at BookExpo America 2005

John Irving wrestles with tattoos and broken hearts in new novel, 'Until I Find You': Thirty-seven years after 'The World According to Garp' John Irving presents his longest narrative yet at BookExpo America 2005

Michael Cunningham follows 'The Hours' with inter-species love story: Bestselling author Michael Cunningham describes his new novel, 'Specimen Days,' as a futuristic love story between a lizard and a cyborg

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