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Imaginary Weapons Author Sharon Weinberger Speaks Tuesday

October 9, 2006

Sharon Weinberger.jpgOctober 9, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - Sharon Weinberger, ediitor-in-chief of Defense Technology International and author of the book, Imaginary Weapons: A Journey through the Pentagon's Scienctific Underworld, will come to the campus of DePauw University tomorrow. She will present a lecture at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Percy Lavon Julian Science and Mathematics Center, an event which is free and open to all.

In Imaginary Weapons, Weinberger "looks at some of the wild schemes and fringe science projects under way at the Department of Defense," notes NPR, which interviewed the author in June. Imaginary Weapons Weinberger.jpg

In a September 17 review, the New York Times' Tim Weiner opined, "A tremendous story is trapped inside this slim book: the triumph of technological fantasy at the Pentagon. The Defense Department controls the biggest and most inviting pool of public capital available to private contractors in the United States. Over the years, much of this 12-figure sum has gone down the drain in pursuit of wonder weapons. To take just one example, the Pentagon has so far spent roughly $100 billion on missile defense -- which is serious money, levee-fixing money, cancer-curing money -- but has produced only an insubstantial shield."

The Times continued, "Almost no one says no to new weapons proposals nowadays -- not Congress, not the Pentagon. As becomes clear from Sharon Weinberger's even-tempered Imaginary Weapons, the planning process is beyond parody."

Sharon Weinberger's DePauw appearance is sponsored by the department of physics, Science Research Fellows and the Blair O. and Teresa A. Rieth Lecture Fund. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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