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Simon Singh: A Man on a Mission

By Veronique AA Lapeyre on Mon 21 March 2011

Discover more about one of the UK's most popular scientific authors, Simon Singh. In his upcoming talk at Edinburgh International Science Festival, he deals with the elusive topic of homeopathy...

Simon Singh is an extremely popular and sometimes controversial author, journalist and TV producer who specializes in science and mathematics. In 2003, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Science, Technology and Engineering in Education and Science Communication.

Singh shot to fame in 1996 when he directed his BAFTA award-winning and Emmy nominated documentary Fermat's Last Theorem, which explores the world's most notorious mathematical problem. The film was memorable for its opening shot of middle-aged mathematician, Andrew Wiles fighting back tears as he recalled the moment when he finally realised how to resolve the fundamental error in his proof of the Fermat's Last Theorem. This celebrated mathematical problem was also the subject of Singh's first book of the same name, the first mathematics number one bestseller in the UK!

His latest boo is Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial is co-authored with Edzard Ernst, the world’s first professor of complementary medicine. Described by The Sunday Times as a ‘fearless, intelligent and remorselessly rational’ read, it discusses popular treatments, including acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology, chiropractic and herbal medicine.

On 16 April, Singh will be appearing at the Science Festival. In Scottish Homeopathy: Sugar Pills or Medical Miracle? he will explore why Scots spend more on homeopathic medicine than anyone else in the UK and whether homeopathy is a value for money treatment option or a risk to public health. Join us at Informatics to share your views and hear Singh's passion for the pursuit of truth in public health matters.

(Suitable for ages 14+)

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