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March 10th, 2013

Small World redux

I am speaking on Monday at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, a small town about an hour east of Pittsburgh. The college arranged to have me met at the airport by a local fellow, about my age, who runs an auto shop and has a one-person chauffeur service on the side. I had plenty of time to get to know him on the drive here; pleasant enough fellow, named Greg Ruffo. (Yes, my GT friends will take a double-take at that name; it's just one letter different from an old friend of ours.)

Chatting about my background, I mentioned that I had been at MIT. "The little brother of my best friend went there to get his PhD. He was in some sort of geology program where they'd go to sea, I forget what they called it... "

No, I thought.

"Little Dougie Toomey..."

Doug Toomey was my apartment mate when I was a postdoc at MIT in 1982.

It has been said before, but this is further proof, that in fact there are really only 500 people in the world and we keep running into the same ones over and over.

Coming to a shire near you...

I arrive in the UK on Wednesday and begin a round of talks. Here's my schedule (only the talks open to the public)... some of these have attendance fees.

Thursday March 14, 7pm, Manchester, at the Catholic Chaplaincy, Avila House, Oxford Rd, Manchester: God's Mechanics
Saturday March 16, 11 am - 4 pm London, Mt Street Jesuits Encountering the Creator
Monday March 18, 7-9 pm, London, Mt Street Jesuits: Astronomy and Belief
Thursday, March 21, evening, Dublin, Gonzaga College, South Dublin Astro Soc. "Discarded Worlds"
Friday pm, Sat daytime, Surrey House of Prayer: Changing Cosmos, Constant Creator

If anyone is likely to be around for dinner in London the evening of Saturday, March 16, let me know!



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