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<b>SPECIAL PUBLIC LECTURE<br>From the Big Bang to the End of the Time: Scientific Creativity and the Limits of Knowledge</b>

Thursday, August 6, 2015
12:00 AM
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater
Second Floor Michigan League (central campus)
Doors open at 7:45 pm

Insurmountable limits can inspire creative surges in science as well as art. The limit of light's speed led directly to the discovery of the big bang and black holes and defines our view of the past and the future. Limits can bring out our best, most agile selves to inspire great gestures of creativity, moments of discovery that change us forever.

Astrophysicist, writer, and Guggenheim Fellow, Janna Levin, has contributed to an understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, and gravitational waves in the shape of spacetime. She is the author of the popular-science book, How the Universe Got Its Spots and a novel, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, which won the PEN/Bingham prize.

This is a public lecture associated with the DPF2015 conference which is the biannual meeting of the American Physics Society Division of Particle and Fields. The conference runs from August 4 to 8.