At the Crossroads of Art & Science: The Physicist as Novelist
March 28, 2012. 7:00 p.m.
Alan Lightman, Adjunct Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is an award-winning novelist and a theoretical physicist. He has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT, and was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment at MIT in science and the humanities.
Lightman is the author of six novels, a book-length narrative poem, two collections of essays, and several books on science. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and Nature, among other publications. Lightman’s playful and profound new novel, Mr g, the story of Creation as told by God, was released on January 24, 2012.
Lightman’s novel, Einstein’s Dreams (1993), was an international bestseller and has been translated into thirty languages. It has been adopted at numerous colleges and universities for “common-book” programs, and has been the basis of more than two dozen independent theatrical and musical productions.
The Diagnosis was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award in fiction, and Reunion (2003) was a Washington Post bestseller; both were Barnes and Noble national college bestsellers. His most recent book, The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th Century Science, was named by Discover Magazine as one of the ten best books on science in 2005.
The lecture is free of charge and open to the public. Registration is required. Please visit http://humanities.miami.edu or call 305.284.1580.
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