Lecture By Alan Lightman

Professor Alan Lightman, an outstanding author among physicists, is going to give a free lecture in YDT. The topic of the open lecture is on correlation between art and science. 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. Born in 1948, he was educated at Princeton and at the California Institute of Technology, where he received a PhD in theoretical physics. His novel Einstein’s Dreams was an international bestseller translated to more than 40 languages. His memoir Screening Room 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. He is also the founder of the Harpswell Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to advance a new generation of women leaders in Southeast Asia.”

Lecture by Alan Lightman


15 - 15 October, 2017