What Can Scientists Learn From Artists?

  • Speaker
  • Stephon Alexander, Ph.D.Brown University
    IDEA Scholar, 2020-2021, Flatiron Institute
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About Simons Foundation Presents
A free event series, Simons Foundation Presents aims to create a space for conversations about science and its broader societal and cultural relevance. Each event pairs one of our 200 researchers with special guests to discuss the intersection of their work. Afterwards, we invite everyone in the audience to continue the conversation together over refreshments in a relaxed atmosphere.
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Like a musical composition, physicist Stephon Alexander will present a four-part movement, each containing a vignette of experiences he had interacting and collaborating with artists and musicians (such as Will Calhoun, Ornette Coleman, Brian Eno, Melvin Gibbs, Rosemary Goodell, Justin Guariglia, Ned Kahn and Arto Lindsay) and how those interactions influenced his scientific ideas, research, approach and creativity.

3:45 – 4:00 pm ET Webinar waiting room opens
4:00 – 5:00 pm ET Talk + Q&A

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Inquiries: sfpresents@simonsfoundation.org

About the Speaker

Physicist, musician and author Stephon Alexander has straddled the worlds of theoretical physics and jazz music over the last two decades. He works on the connection between the smallest and largest entities in the universe pushing Einstein’s theory of curved space-time to extremes, beyond the Big Bang with subatomic phenomena.

Alexander is a professor of physics at Brown University and president of the National Society of Black Physicists. He previously held appointments at Stanford University, Imperial College London, Penn State, Dartmouth College and Haverford College. He is a senior fellow of the Simons Society of Fellows and a visiting scholar and Diversity, Equity & Advocacy (IDEA) scholar at the Flatiron Institute.

Alexander is a specialist in the field of string cosmology, where the physics of superstrings are applied to address longstanding questions in cosmology. In 2001, he co-invented the model of inflation based on higher dimensional hypersurfaces in string theory called D-branes. In such models, the early universe emerged from the destruction of a higher dimensional D-brane which ignites a period of rapid expansion of space often referred to as cosmic inflation.

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