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Alice Faye Cleese \‘l'aterstone's.

15.3 ~ 157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9(05. 7.30pm. £2 (£l ). (‘o-atttlior of How to Manage Your Mother (Metro £17.99) introduces the ideas behind her book.



Reading Group wuieisione's. I53- 157 Sauchiehall Street. Call Tessa Bowler on ()141 332 9l05 for more details. 7pm. This time the group will be discussing Jane Austen's .lIanv/ie/i/ I’ar/t.


Taking Chances ()ld College. t‘uiversiiy- ()f lidiiiburgh. South Bridge. 7 8pm. £4 (£2.50) from 473 2070. if you fancy your chances on Who Harris '18) Be xl Millionaire or still believe you might win the Lottery. Iii/cine (‘lianeev (()l’l’ £l899) is Dr John llaigh's indispensable exploration of probability and random e chance. Part of Iii/in/iure/i International Site/tie l‘t’Vl/l'tll.

Between Inner Space And Outer Space Royal Museum Of Scotland. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. 8---9pni. £4 (£2.50) from 473 2070. Some of the big unanswered questions abotit life on other planets. time and space. complexity theory and science in relation to religion atid aesthetics are tackled by Professor John I). Barrow in Between Inner Spare :1an Outer Spar e (()L7P £18.99). Part of Iz'i/iiilniije/i International Seienee Festival.


Tony Wheeler \Vaterstones. 128 Princes Street. 226 2666. 7pm. Free. I.onelv I’Ianet co-creator. Tony \‘v'hecler is in lidinburgh to launch his new lz’i/iiilnire/i (‘IIT(illlt/('1£().()9l tllltl .St’ttllttltt/(ittttlt’ (£9.99). However. this eyeiiiiig's talk is about his recent research trip to Tibet. Ken McClure \‘y'aterstone‘s. I3 ‘14 Princes Street. 5563034. 7pm. Free. Ken McClure reads from Ii’e.viii'i'eetio/i (Simon s- Schuster £16.99) and I)onor (£5.99). both out this month.

The Elusive Magic Bullet Assembly Rooms. 54 (ieorge Street. 220 4349.

7 -8pin. £4 (£2.50) from 473 2070. ‘Magic bullets' are the drugs which could cure the key diseases of this century. By targeting only infected cells and leaving healthy ones untouched. these drugs could potentially cure cancer. AIDS and libola. Professor .loliii Mann introduces this branch of modern medicine in Ilit' ILlII.\tl'(‘ .lIae/i' Bullet (()l 'P £ l 8.99) will) a book signing after the talk. Part of Iii/i/tliurgli International Seienee Festival. Melvyn Bragg Royal Museum Of Scotland. 2 Chambers Street. 247 42 W. X~9plll £6 (£4) from 473 2070. Broadcaster arid journalist Melvyn Bragg introduces ()n (iiant 's S/ionIi/ers (llodder

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.-\nd Stoughton £7.99). which sets out twelve milestones in the history of science and elucidating some of the theories which underpin the modern world. Followed by a book signing. I’art (it'lzili/iliitije/t International Seienee Festival.



Better Crack Club Sloan‘s. The Argyll Room. Argyll Arcade. 8pm. £2. For further details call 01506847935. Michael Kerins and liw an Mc\'icar spit) the yarns at this regular storytelling club.


The Art Of Genes Royal Museum Of Scotland. 2 Chambers Street. 247 42 I9. 8»-9pm. £4 (£2.50) from 473 2070. Through a combination of science atid art linrico (‘oen explains one of the last great mysteries of biology how a fertilised egg turns itself into an adult human being. The author will sign copies of the :l rt ()_/'(ienes (0UP £20) after the talk. I’art ofFr/inlnrre/i International .S‘eienee Festival.


Edinburgh Scottish Poetry Library Open Day

Scottish Poetry library. 5 (‘ricliton's Close. Canongate. 11am 5pm. Free. The library shows off its new premises and celebrates the occasion by burying a Time ("ipsule containing some of Scotland's finest poems. From 3pm there will be a session of poetry readings - bring a poem of your choice.

Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest Assembly Rooms. 54 (ieorge Street. 220 4349. 8- 9pm. £4 (£2.50) from 473 2070. Scientists have been searching for alien life for years. It) Is xlnvlioilv ()ut 'F/tt’l't’ (l)orling Kindersley £9.99). Couper and lienbest discuss the search for extraterrestrial life and what might happen if we do make contact. Part of Iii/inlnojeli International .S'eient e Festival.

Melvyn Bragg: blinding you with science at Royal Museum Of Scotland, Edinburgh,

Wed 7 Apr

Going Inside Royal Mtiseuni ()f Scotland. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. 8- 9pm. £4 (£2.50) from 473 2070. lixploring consciousness. .loliii McCrone's book (loine Ilisiile (Faber & Faber £20) details what happened once neuroscientists realised that they had been making some very wrong assumptions about the workings of the brain. Part of lit/inlno'e/i International St te/ti (’ I'eytit‘ttl.



Scottish Fiction Discussion Group Borders Books. 283 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. l 1.30am. Free. The group discuss William .‘ylcllvanney's lair/Ian;


Robert Knox Borders Books. 283 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 8pm. Free. Perlormaiice poet. Robert Knox hosts this regular poetry evening giving writers and performers the opportunity to share their work.


The Eclipse Of The Sun Royal Museum ()f Scotland. 2 Chambers Street. 247

42 I9. 5 6pm. £4 (£2.50) from 473 2070. j Professor Ken Phillips' (lair/e 'Io 'I'Iie Sun (Cambridge University Press £15.95) is essential reading for those who want the scientific background to this August‘s eclipse. Part of Iii/inlntrg/i International .St'ieltt'e Festival.


Life's Other Secret Royal Museum Of Scotland. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. 8 9pm. £4 (£2.50) from 473 2070. Professor Ian Stewart discusses the laws of physics and chemistry that control a growing organism's response to genetic instructions. Part of Filinlno'g/t International Seienee Festival.



Robin Pilcher Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 287 551 l. 1pm. £2.5()—£3. The son of the best-selling author Rosainunde Pilcher discusses his debut novel. An ()eean Apart.


Brian McNeill Watei‘stone's. l3—l4 Princes Street. 556 3034. 7pm. Free. Founder member of the Battlefield Banzl and one of Scotland‘s premier singer/songwriters. McNeill has now written a second novel chronicling the ups and downs of life on the road. The author will read from '12) Answer The I’eaeoek (Black Ace £14.99) and will hopefully provide his own musical entertainment for the evening.

March Of The Machines Royal Museum ()f Scotland, 2 Chambers Street. 247 42 I9. 8--9pin. £4 (£2.50) from 473 2070. Robot technology is advancing at such a pace that. in 10 to 50 years. Professor Ken Warwick believes. robots will be more intelligent than humans. Formerly the stuff of science fiction. fast becoming a reality. Find out more at this talk and book signing. I’art of'lz'rlin/nog/i International Science Festival.



Vikram Seth Waterstone‘s. 153—157 Satichiehall Street. 332 9105. 7pm. £2 (£1); ticket price redeemable against book. Seth reads from his new novel An [Equal Maxie (Phoenix llouse £16.99) accompanied by live music from the l.omond String Quartet.


Mapping The Mind Fruitmarket Gallery. 45 Market Street. 225 2383. llam--3pm. £20 (£15) including buffet lunch from 473 2070. Rita Carter's book Mapping The Mind (Weidenfeld and Nicholson £25) is discussed by the author and a group of scientists from the field of psychiatry. I’art oj'lz'ilinlnagli International Seienee Festival. Alexander Trocchi Tribute Night The ()uthouse. (2a Broughton Street Lane. 478 7434. 9pm. Free. To mark the 16th anniversary of Alexander Trocchi's death. Fin de Siecle screen .4 Lite In I’ieees. a documentary made by Alan Campbell and Tim Niel followed by a discussion of the life and work of Trocclii with readings by Kevin Williamson. Gordon Legge and Paul Reekie.


Eyewitness Guide To The Future Royal Museum ()f Scotland. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. 3.30-4.30pm. £4 (£2.50) from 473 2070. Michael Tambini’s view of the 21st century. in which ‘smait‘ machines and houses might think for themselves. is presented by the author. followed by a book-signing. I’art oflitlinlnugeli International Science Festival.

The Jesus Mysteries Watersione‘s.

I3- 14 Princes Street. 556 3034. 7pm. Free. Timothy Freke and Peter Gandly present compelling evidence that could blow the whistle on the biggest cover tip in history. Reading from and discussing The Jesus Mvsteries (Thorsons £18.99) should provide a thought-provoking and controversial evening.

From Brains To Consciousness ()ld College. University of Edinburgh. South Bridge. 7 -8pm. £4 (£2.50) from 473 2070. Professor Steven Rose gives a talk and signs copies of From Brains 'Io ('onsi‘iousness (Penguin Press £25). Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.


David R. Ross Paisley Museum & Art Galleries. Hiin Street. 889 3(5). 7pm. Ross talks about his new book On The Trail Of William Wallaee (Luath Press £7.99).