Join Pioneer Works Director of Sciences Janna Levin as she hosts Sir Roger Penrose in a conversation that will stretch across the universe.
About this Event
Sir Roger Penrose was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his remarkable contributions to mathematics & physics. He is one of only twenty-two living recipients of the honor. Sir Roger, as he is fondly known to other physicists, is a relentlessly creative genius of the highest order. He has contributed profoundly to the structure of spacetime & geometry, black holes, the unification of quantum mechanics & gravity, & the origin of our universe. His radical ideas on consciousness have provoked controversy & fascination, while his playful geometric tilings were thought to be impossible in reality. Though intuition defying, Penrose tilings ignited the imaginations of filmmakers & artists & ultimately were discovered in nature. Join Pioneer Works Director of Sciences Janna Levin as she hosts Sir Roger Penrose in a conversation that will stretch across the universe, theories of consciousness, & infinity.
Sir Roger Penrose, Order of Merit & Fellow of the Royal Society, is presently Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford & an Emeritus Fellow at Wadham College. He won, among many other awards, the Wolf Prize in Physics, which he shared with Stephen Hawking for the Hawking-Penrose Singularity Theorems.
Janna Levin is the Chair & Director of the Science Studios at Pioneer Works. She is the Claire Tow Professor of physics & astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University. Janna is a Guggenheim Fellow & a PEN-award winning novelist for a first work of fiction. She is the presenter of the NOVA feature Black Hole Apocalypse, aired on PBS-the first female presenter for NOVA in 35 years.
This project is supported by Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to engaging everyone with the process of science.