2015 IHR Distinguished Lecturer, Alan Lightman
Does science ever intersect with art, language, and literature? Physicist, novelist, essayist, and author of the bestseller Einstein’s Dreams, Alan Lightman, explores this question and investigates the relationship between the sciences and the humanities.
Lightman is Professor of the Practice of the Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was the first faculty member to receive an appointment in both the humanities and sciences. Through works such as The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew (2014), Lightman explores everything from multiple universes to the perception of time to the question of God’s existence, illustrating along the way the value of being a humanist and physicist simultaneously.
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This event is part of the 2015 Institute For Humanities Research (IHR) Distinguished Lecturer series.
Reception 4:30 p.m.
Lecture 5:00 p.m.