The Jazz of Physics with Stephon Alexander


Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas Fri, Apr 14, 2023 7:00 PM


PI Public Lectures:

Title: The Jazz of Physics with Stephon Alexander, Brown University

Abstract: Take a musical journey of the mind and the cosmos on April 14 when scientist Stephon Alexander presents a live talk at Perimeter Institute called The Jazz of Physics.

Alexander, a professor of physics at Brown University, began his journey to science in high school where he encountered a teacher who believed in his potential and introduced him to the magic of jazz, fostering a connection between John Coltrane and Albert Einstein.

He'll demonstrate how the search for answers to deep cosmological puzzles has parallels to jazz improvisation. He will also explore new ways that music, in particular jazz, mirrors concepts in modern physics such as quantum mechanics, general relativity, and the early universe.

Free tickets to attend in person, will become available on Monday, April 3 at 9 am EDT.

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Attendance to the lecture is free, but tickets are required. Our lectures consistently sell out. As a courtesy to those on our waiting list, your ticket will be honoured until 6:45 PM only. If you have not arrived by 6:45 PM your reservation will be filled by another guest, and you will be asked to join the end of the waiting line.

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Pre-Lecture Activities
Doors open at 6:00 PM for the following pre-lecture activities. Tickets are not required to participate.

  • Ask a Scientist!
    Perimeter scientists will be on hand to answer physics questions from 6:00 - 6:45 PM.
  • Black Hole Bistro
    The Black Hole Bistro will not be open.

Waiting Line
On the night of the lecture, there will be a waiting line at Perimeter for last minute cancelled tickets. Come to Perimeter after 6:00 PM and pick up a waiting line chit from the ticket table. While you wait, participate in pre-lecture activities. An announcement will be made in the Atrium at 6:50 PM if theatre seats are available. Note: You must arrive in person to be part of the waiting line, and be in the Atrium when the announcement is made.

No Disappointments
Everyone who comes to Perimeter will be able to enjoy this lecture. If you do not manage to obtain a theatre ticket, you can join our waiting line and watch live from the quiet of the Time Room.

Live Webcast

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