Science writer Carl Zimmer talks ‘12 Monkeys’ at Coolidge Corner Theatre

Monday’s Science on Screen event at the Coolidge Corner Theatre was sold out, which means that a filled room of people got to hear acclaimed science writer Carl Zimmer talk about epidemics taking out the human race. Zimmer, whose speech preceded a screening of the Brad Pitt movie “12 Monkeys,’’ said that it’s very possible that an epidemic could do us in, and that the plot of “12 Monkeys’’ (the disease stuff, not the time travel), has probably happened before. “He wasn’t being alarmist,’’ Coolidge events guy Jesse Hassinger told us. “It was entertaining.’’ The next Science on Screen event, which will feature MIT physicist Edward Farhi talking about “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,’’ is on Jan. 30.

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