MEDIA ADVISORY-Earth’s place in the universe topic for next (Lunch) Box talk

Within the last decade astronomers have discovered more than 100 planets orbiting stars other than our sun. The significance of these profound discoveries on Earth’s place in the universe is the focus of the next "Thinking Out of the (Lunch) Box" talk on Nov. 5. Vanderbilt Professor of Philosophy David Wood will lead the conversation, titled "A Question of Planets," with David Weintraub, associate professor of astronomy.

Weintraub has conducted extensive research on star and planet development. He believes that there may be many more planets circling stars similar to the sun than current models of star and planet formation predict.

The conversation and box lunch, presented by Vanderbilt University and the Nashville Public Library, take place at the Main Library on Church Street. Lunch is catered by Provence Breads and CafÈ. This event is free and open to the public. To help defray the cost of the luncheon series, donations will be accepted at the door. Reservations are required. All those planning to attend should call (615) 322-8585 or e-mail

WHAT: Lunch and lecture with Vanderbilt faculty David Wood and David Weintraub

WHERE: The conference center of the Main Library, 615 Church St.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 5

Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.; lecture begins at noon

Media contact: Ann Marie Deer Owens, (615) 322-NEWS

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