6:00pm Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
“In the Beginning, Sound: What physics and jazz can teach us about cosmology and consciousness”
Join us for an evening of lively discussion about life, meaning, music, and metaphysics. Don’t worry–no background in theoretical physics or musical theory required! Our event will begin with opening remarks from Brown University Professor of Physics, Stephon Alexander. As a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author, and musician, Stephon is uniquely gifted and experienced in bridging the gaps between the sciences and the humanities, as demonstrated in his new course at Brown University (based off his popular book), The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of Universe. He will offer incredible insights for what it means to be a physicist and how that influences what it means to be human.
More about the Roundtables:
This event is complimentary for all who attend. The series of roundtable events are sponsored and funded in part by the John Templeton Foundation, a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries related to the big questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. Additional funding has been provided by generous scholars and foundations invested in the intersection of science and faith.
Templeton is interested in Providence expanding on an experience that began in Amherst and Cambridge, MA. Since 2005, hundreds of Harvard and MIT professors have engaged in Roundtable faculty-seminar dinner-discussions, experiencing the potential to bring added depth to their lives as scholars and educators. Sponsored by Christian chairpersons and dedicated to fostering dialogue that explores the intersection of current academic thought and every shade of religious and nonreligious thought on issues related to science and religion, invitations are not pre-sorted in alignment with any particular perspective. Select community leaders are also invited to ensure a diversity of religious points of view.
The Providence Roundtable is co-chaired by:
- Dr. Timothy Flanigan, Dean’s Professor of Medical Science, Professor of Medicine, Health Services, Policy & Practice at Brown University
- Andrew Foster, Professor of Economics at Brown University
- Barrett Hazeltine, Professor of Engineering Emeritus at Brown University
- Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson, Head Chaplain of Brown University
The Providence Roundtable Coordinator is Jarrod Lynn (Brown ’05, M’07), Religious Life Affiliate at Brown University. Please contact him directly with your questions and inquiries: Jarrod_Lynn@brown.edu.