Janna Levin to Speak at Adrian College Fall Convocation

ADRIAN, Mich. – On Wednesday, September 12, Ms. Janna Levin will address the Adrian College community during its annual fall convocation. The event is scheduled to begin at noon in Herrick Chapel at the center of the College’s campus.

Ms. Janna Levin is an acclaimed cosmologist whose debut book, “How the Universe Got Its Spots”, fuses geometry, topology, chaos and string theory to show how the pattern of hot and cold spots left over from the big bang may one day help reveal the true size and shape of the universe. Her most recent book, “A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines”, bridges fiction and nonfiction to tell a strange story of coded secrets, psychotic delusions, mathematical truth and age-old lies.

A Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University, Levin was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow (2012). Her scientific research concerns the early universe, chaos, and black holes. Levin has worked at the Center for Particle Astrophysics (CfPA) at UC Berkeley, the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at Cambridge University and the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing at Oxford University, where she won an award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and Arts. Levin holds a BA in Physics and Astronomy from Barnard College with a concentration in Philosophy, and a PhD from MIT in Physics.

Her second book “A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines” won the PEN/Bingham Fellowship for Writers which “honors an exceptionally talented fiction writer whose debut work” and “represents distinguished literary achievement.” It was also a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award for “a distinguished book of first fiction.”

Class times will shift to allow attendance to this event.