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Communicating Science through the Arts: The Big Bang, Black Holes, and Gravitational Waves

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Lewis Thomas Prize
Kip S. Thorne, Ph.D., recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics; Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology

Dr. Kip Thorne’s passion for physics has not only fueled major scientific achievements, it also has driven him to share its marvels with people far outside academia. His contributions to the discovery of gravitational waves earned him the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics, and he has spread his knowledge and awe about general relativity to millions of individuals through books and film. Born in Logan, Utah, Dr. Thorne made a fateful visit to a bookstore when he was 13 years old. There, he found George Gamow’s science book for the general public, One Two Three…Infinity. Dr. Thorne read it three times and then decided to become a physicist—attending California Institute of Technology as an undergraduate and Princeton for his Ph.D. Dr. Thorne is currently the Feynman Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology.

From the beginning of his career, Dr. Thorne knew he wanted to inspire and teach lay people about the beauty of physics. Toward that end, he wrote Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy, a book that covers general relativity, how scientists learn, and how ideas change. Dr. Thorne later embarked on a movie project with Lynda Obst that culminated in Interstellar. His follow-up book, The Science of Interstellar, explains the incredible laws of the universe that informed their filmmaking. Dr. Thorne is now participating in a series of multimedia concerts about warped space and time. He is also working on a book with painter Lia Halloran and on a second movie. Dr. Thorne has received many honors in addition to the Nobel Prize, including the Karl Schwarzschild Medal, the UNESCO Niels Bohr Gold Medal, and a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

Christine Hodgson
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Refreshments, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Abby Lounge and Dining Room
Christine Hodgson
(212) 327-8966
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Reception: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Prize Presentation and Lecture: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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