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Sep 12, 2018

Academic Lecture Series + Book Club

Sep 12, 2018 by LU Student Engagement

College of Arts & Sciences Presents

Kip Thorne | 2017 Nobel Laureate of Physics

Executive Producer of Christopher Nolan's blockbuster movie, Interstellar, and Co-Founder of the billion-dollar Ligo Project, Kip Thorne, and his students, pioneered the modern theory of wormholes and time travel.

DATE: October 16, 2018
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: University Theatre

In this talk, based on his bestselling book The Science of Interstellar, Thorne uses the underpinning themes of the movie as a springboard for explaining the physical laws that govern the universe. Interstellar has the most remarkable, and perhaps puzzling, climax found in science fiction film since Kubrick’s 2001, A Space Odyssey. In this lecture, Thorne discusses the deep scientific concepts portrayed during the film's most pivotal moments.

Over the past three decades, Kip Thorne has had an enormous impact on Hollywood science fiction—and Hollywood, in turn, has triggered some of Thorne’s deepest scientific insights. His conversations with Carl Sagan during their contact collaboration catalyzed Thorne’s breakthrough scientific research on wormholes and time travel. Later, Thorne’s discussions with Christopher and Jonathan Nolan were key to integrating the real science of gravitational waves into the fabric of Interstellar.

September 13-October 11 >> 
Book Discussion: Part One

Join the discussion on Kip Thorne's work, Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy. 
1:15 pm  | Archer Building, Room 105

October 12 >> Movie Viewing

Watch Interstellar, the script for which was edited by Kip Thorne and inspired by his ideas.
6 pm - 9 pm | John Gray Center, Price Lecture Room

For more information, contact Dr. Philip Cole at 409-880-8292.