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Famous Chinese actors, artists and scientists performed texts reflecting on science and humanism for the country's first public recital of science classics. 'Science as a Candle in the Dark' was held on 26 February at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.

Jointly sponsored by the Beijing Science and Technology Commission, the newspaper Science Times and China National Radio, performers recited essays and art pieces by renowned scientists to inspire the audience with scientific thinking and humanism.

The works chosen included US astronomer Carl Sagan's 'Science and Hope', which warns of the dangers of pseudoscience. The recital also delivered parts of 'Copenhagen', a play that explores the secret talks between the physicists Werner Heisenberg and Nils Bohr on the atom bomb in 1941.

In this article in China Daily, a Chinese professor explains to Jia Hepeng that, like the recital, 'Copenhagen' attempts to use linguistic arts to help bridge the gap between the public and scientists.

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