Archive Festival 2016

This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: 76  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Science & Environment
Theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin divulges the full inside story of one of the most ambitious feats in scientific history. A century after Einstein’s 1916 prediction of the existence of gravitational waves, a team of hundreds of scientists proved him right in a billion-dollar experiment that recorded the sound of the cosmos for the very first time. For one profound moment the world stood still to contemplate the incredible complexity and simplicity of our universe. Janna joins Adam Spencer to share the juicy details of all things astrophysical.

Thursday 19 May 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Janna Levin (International)

Janna Levin is a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University. She is also director of sciences at Pioneer Works, a centre for arts and sciences in Brooklyn, and has contributed to an understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, and gravitational waves in the shape of spacetime. Her previous books include How the Universe Got Its Spots and a novel, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, which won the PEN/Bingham Prize. She was named a Guggenheim fellow in 2012 and her most recent book is Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space.

Adam Spencer (Australian)

Mathematician, comedian and broadcaster Adam Spencer has covered a wide terrain. As a PhD Pure Mathematics student he won Triple J’s Raw Comedy Competition and started a 15 year breakfast radio career that ended last December when he hung up the headphones. He is now The Ambassador for Mathematics and Science at The University of Sydney and one of Australia's best-known science communicators.

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