GLiMPSE returns with an archived interview from 2019 with physicist and author Alan Lightman, the John E. Burchard professor in MIT’s department of Media Studies and Writing. Lightman held posts in astrophysics at Cornell, Harvard, and MIT before turning to a lifelong love of words and an exploration of science as a writer. Since 1981, Lightman has published fiction and nonfiction work in essay, poem, and book form. As professor in the humanities, he led programmatic changes in MIT’s requirements and offerings for creative and science writing. Lightman joined Tim Fessenden to discusses science writing and science history, emphasizing how humanistic inquiry is not incidental to science but rather central to scientific practice and advances.
New York Times interview with Lightman in 2020 on his book Einstein’s Dreams.
Work by Ray Kurzweil on the singularity
MIT president Charles Vest
1978 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of cosmic background radiation by Penzias and Wilson
Episode transcript here
“Over Under”, “Allada”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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