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Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine (and the Media) on Trial

A lecture by Dr Simon Singh

As well as discussing alternative medicine, the subject of his most recent book, Singh will also explain how it was partly inspired by a controversial TV documentary on the subject of acupuncture. TV producers have to entertain, inform and grab large audiences in an increasingly competitive media market, but how do they balance accuracy with the temptation to sensationalise? Simon Singh looks at science in the media and gives his opinion on where things went right, and where they went horribly wrong.

After completing a PhD in particle physics, Simon Singh joined the BBC and worked as a director and producer on programmes such as Tomorrow’s World and Horizon. He directed a documentary about Fermat’s Theorem, which won a BAFTA in 1997. Singh has also presented programmes on Radio 4, BBC4 and Channel 4. He is best known as the author of Fermat’s Last Theorem, The Code Book and Big Bang. His most recent book is Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial.


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Date and Time:

12 May 2009 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



Psychology Seminar Series, Goldsmiths' College
Richard Hoggart Building
New Cross
SE14 6NW
020 7919 7871

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SEMINARS ARE FREE and there is no need to book in advance.

Talks are open to all.

They start at 6:10 PM IN ROOM 256, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths.

For further information, contact Chris French email: c.french@gold.ac.uk).

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