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September 19, 2007: Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman

As a distinguished theoretical physicist and as an accomplished writer, Alan Lightman has successfully bridged the gap between science and the humanities, helping his lay audience to understand the often foreign culture of science. In his talk on "Einstein and Relativity," he will provide an understanding of one of the greatest triumphs of the human imagination. The Department of English Hurst Visiting Professorship Lecture will be held at 4 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 19 in Graham Chapel. In addition, he will conduct a reading from his work at 8 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 18 in Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom.

Lightman received his AB degree in physics from Princeton University in 1970, Phi Beta Kappa, and his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1974. From 1974 to 1976, he was a postdoctoral fellow in astrophysics at Cornell University. He was an assistant professor of astronomy at Harvard from 1976 to 1979 and for 10 years was a research scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Public Affairs article: Writer and scientist Alan Lightman explores Einstein's dreams of relativity for the Assembly Series