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A three day symposium was held at Caltech from Thursday, June 1, 2000 to Saturday, June 3, 2000, on the occasion of Kip Thorne's 60th birthday to honor his long and distinguished career in physics, and  also to honor his commitment to and achievements in the communication and popularization of science and science education.  

KipFest Science Symposium.   The first two days of the meeting, Thursday and Friday, consisted of 14 lectures in Caltech's Ramo auditorium. These lectures covered a broad range of topics in physics in which Kip has had a significant influence. See here for a schedule of speakers. 

KipFest Banquet.   A banquet was held on Friday night at the Caltech Athenaeum. It featured a variety of ``entertainments'', include the stand-up efforts of Richard Price, an interpretation of relativistic double-talk by Carolee Winstein, a reminiscence of Kip's early years by his sisters, and remarks by John Wheeler. There were musical performances by the Physics Chanteuse and by Bernie and the Gravitones. Kip was presented with a five-volume bound set of his publications, and with an academic ``family tree'', listing all his students, and their students, down to the third generation.

KipFest Saturday Science.   This consisted of a day of public lectures at Caltech's Beckmann auditorium, to recognize Kip's commitment to the popularization of science. The speakers were Stephen Hawking, Timothy Ferris, Alan Lightman, and Igor Novikov and Kip himself. These lectures will form the nucleus of a book for the general public. Click here for more information.

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