THE PHYSICIST AS NOVELIST a lecture by Alan Lightman, the author of Einstein’s Dreams

As an addition to the premiere performance of the play Einstein’s Dreams directed by Slobodan Unkovski produced by Yugoslav Drama Theatre, the Theatre will organize a lecture by Alan Lightman on the topic of correlation between art and science at the Ljuba Tadic Main Stage on 16th October at noon.

 

Mr. Lightman will discuss the differences and similarities in the ways that scientists and artists view the world, drawing on his own experiences as both a physicist and a novelist. Differences include the naming of things (science) versus not naming things (art), and the framing of questions with answers (science) versus questions without answers (art). Similarities include the search for beauty and truth, and the creative moment. Mr. Lightman will make reference to great scientists, such as Einstein and Feynman, and great writers, such as Rilke and Joyce. The lecture itself will be organized and promoted with the participation of Serbian Academy for Science and Art.

 

Alan Lightman is an American writer, physicist, and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Harpswell Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to advance a new generation of women leaders in Southeast Asia.” Born in 1948, he was educated at Princeton and at the California Institute of Technology, where he received a PhD in theoretical physics. He has received five honorary doctoral degrees. Lightman has served on the faculties of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was the first person at MIT to receive dual faculty appointments in science and in the humanities. He is currently professor of the practice of the humanities at MIT. His scientific research in astrophysics has concerned black holes, relativity theory, radiative processes, and the dynamics of systems of stars. His essays and articles have appeared in the Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, Salon, and many other publications. His essays are often chosen by the New York Times as among the best essays of the year. He is the author of 6 novels, several collections of essays, a memoir, and a book-length narrative poem, as well as several books on science. His novel Einstein’s Dreams was an international bestseller translated to more than 40 languages and has been the basis for dozens of independent theatrical and musical adaptations around the world. His novel The Diagnosis was a finalist for the National Book Award. His most recent books are The Accidental Universe, which was chosen by Brain Pickings as one of the 10 best books of 2014, and his memoir Screening  Room, which was chosen by the Washington Post as one of the best books of the year for 2016. Lightman is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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