YQI/Franke Program Nontechnical Talk - Stephon Alexander

Event time: 
Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Yale Community
General Public
YQI Seminar Room + Zoom See map
Event description: 

Join us for the 13th talk of Yale Quantum Institute series of nontechnical talks aiming to bring a new regard to quantum physics and STEM by having experts cast new light on often-overlooked aspects of scientific work.

Fear of a Black Universe: An outsider’s guide to the future of physics

Years ago, physicist Stephon Alexander received life-changing advice: to discover real physics, he needed to stop memorizing and start taking risks. For this public talk based on his book Fear of a Black Universe, Professor Alexander shows that great physics requires us to think outside the mainstream – to improvise and rely on intuition. His approach led him to three principles that shape all theories of the universe: the principle of invariance, the quantum principle, and the principle of emergence. Professor Alexander uses them to explore some of physics’ greatest mysteries, from what happened before the big bang to how the universe makes consciousness possible. Drawing on his experience as a Black physicist, he makes a powerful case for diversifying our scientific communities. Compelling and empowering, Fear of a Black Universe offers remarkable insight into the art of physics.

Due to the Yale Covid policies, only members of the Yale Community can attend this event in person. The event will be livestreamed here for all to enjoy. 


This event is co-sponsored by The Franke Program in Science and the Humanities.