Black Holes, Time & Space with Dr. Clifford Johnson -- SOLD OUT
ABOUT THIS EVENT
Join us under the Dome at Morehead Planetarium & Science Center for the 2018 Douglass Hunt Lecture. Dr. Clifford Johnson, professor of physics & astronomy at the University of Southern California, will take us on a whirlwind tour of Black Holes, Space & Time while sharing his experiences as a science advisor to Marvel superhero movies and his creation of graphic novels. His books will be onsale in our gift shop with a signing to follow the Q-and-A. Special thanks to our partners, the Carolina Seminars Program and the COSMS Institute. The program is FREE and open to the public.
More about Dr. Johnson:
Clifford V. Johnson’s work in science ranges from teaching and research to public outreach where he strives to put science back into the general culture. He helps artists, writers, and filmmakers incorporate science into their work, appears on several TV and online shows, gives public lectures and participates in panel discussions and other events. He has been science advisor for many TV shows and movies, including Nat Geo's Genius (featuring Einstein), Marvel's Agent Carter (S2), Agents of Shield, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and more. He was science advisor for Blake Crouch's bestselling novel Dark Matter. Johnson also writes about science, and dabbles in art and music as time permits. He has written and drawn a graphic novel featuring science called The Dialogues, published by MIT Press in North America in November 2017, and in the UK in January 2018.
Johnson's research concerns the origin and evolution of the Universe and its fundamental constituents. He works mainly on superstring theory, quantum gravity, and M-theory, studying objects such as black holes and D-branes, using various techniques from Mathematics and Physics to address issues of relevance to particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics. Johnson's work has also led to new descriptions of physics relevant to the quark-gluon plasma, and various quantum critical phenomena in condensed matter physics.
The Douglass Hunt Lecture Series: The Douglass Hunt Lecture honors Hunt, a long-time UNC leader and administrator dedicated to expanding intellectual life on campus and beyond. On the occasion of the first Douglass Hunt Lecture, which was held on October 23, 1995, Chancellor Paul Hardin recognized the contributions of Douglass Hunt to the University and to higher education, “Douglass Hunt always was and still remains enormously useful to the University of North Carolina. Indeed, he can’t help being useful because his close association with the University and the trust he earns daily by his life and work and friendships combine to inspire all of us who are influenced by him to redouble our own efforts to be useful to our beloved University.” The Douglass Hunt Lecture series is organized by the Carolina Seminars Program.
COSMS Institute: Discoveries in subatomic physics, astrophysics and cosmology have revolutionized our view of matter and the cosmos. These observations have given rise to a set of intertwined questions concerning fundamental symmetries, the interactions and substructure of subatomic matter, the formation of large scale structure in the universe, the creation of the elements, and the nature and role matter and energy play in the cosmos. Answering these questions requires forging connections among theorists, experimentalists, and observers from a wide range of disciplines spanning physics, astronomy, and cosmology. The CoSMS Institute unites scientists to advance our understanding of the universe.