Physicist and Novelist Alan Lightman to Lecture

Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor in the Humanities presents on March 28.

Coral Gables (March 14, 2012) — Award-winning novelist and theoretical physicist Alan Lightman, who is serving as a Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of Miami this year, will present the lecture “At the Crossroads of Art & Science: The Physicist as Novelist” on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in the College of Arts and Sciences Gallery, 1210 Stanford Drive. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Lightman’s playful and profound new novel, Mr g, the story of creation as told by God, was released on January 24, 2012. The New York Times Book Review praised Mr g as “a soulful riff on the birth and eventual demise of our universe.” His novel Einstein’s Dreams (1993) was an international bestseller and has been translated into 30 languages. It has been the basis of more than two-dozen independent theatrical and musical productions. Lightman’s The Diagnosis was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award in fiction. The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th Century Science was named by Discover Magazine as one of the ten best books on science in 2005.

Lightman has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT. He was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities at MIT, where he is an adjunct professor of humanities. He 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.

Registration is required for Lightman’s lecture. For more information and to register please click here.

The College of Arts and Sciences Center for the Humanities at the University of Miami is dedicated to supporting humanities, arts, and interpretive social science research and teaching, as well as to presenting public programs to enrich Miami’s intellectual culture. For more information, please call 305-284-1580, or visit www.humanities.miami.edu.


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Award-winning novelist and theoretical physicist Alan Lightman, who is serving as a Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of Miami this year, will present the lecture “At the Crossroads of Art & Science: The Physicist as Novelist” on Wednesday, March 28.

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