Secret Science Club presents Mathematical Physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf

Secret Science Club presents Mathematical Physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf

Monday · April 17, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Free

This event is 21 and over

Einstein’s theory of relativity showed that gravity and the evolution of the cosmos can be understood through the geometry of space and time. But some of the most dramatic predictions of that theory, such as black holes and the Big Bang, challenge that idea. When combined with quantum mechanics, the solution points to a deeper underlying description of reality where space and time are . . . but an illusion.

Did the Big Bang create time? Do space and time switch places inside a black hole?

And that’s not all! Robbert Dijkgraaf examines how the strangest, deepest questions about the nature of the Universe sometimes yield the most unexpected and practical solutions to human problems. In a just-reissued reprise of one of the seminal arguments for the importance of basic scientific research, Dr. Dijkgraaf celebrates THE USEFULNESS OF USELESS KNOWLEDGE.

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• mind-bending lectures
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• chemical libations
• star-gazing sounds

Meeting every month @ the Bell House, 149 7th Street in Brooklyn. p: 718.643.6510
Robbert Dijkgraaf
Robbert Dijkgraaf
Robbert Dijkgraaf is professor of physics and director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His research focuses on string theory and the interface between mathematics and particle physics. The former president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a recipient of the Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands. A popular TV presenter, he starred in the science show Hoe?Zo! and gives frequent public talks.
Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215
http://www.thebellhouseny.com/