Monday, January 20, 7:30 p.m.
Known as "Mad Max" for his unorthodox ideas and passion for adventure, Max Tegmark's scientific interests range from precision cosmology to the ultimate nature of reality. He is a physics professor at MIT and the author of more than two hundred technical papers. Max has been featured in dozens of science documentaries and his work with the SDSS collaboration on galaxy clustering shared the first prize in Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year: 2003.”
In his new book Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist.
“Daring, Radical. Innovative. A game changer. If Dr. Tegmark is correct, this represents a paradigm shift in the relationship between physics and mathematics, forcing us to rewrite our textbooks. A must read for anyone deeply concerned about our universe.” —Michio Kaku, author of Physics of the Future
“Just a few years ago, the idea of multiple universes was seen as a crackpot idea, not even on the margins of respectability. As Tegmark relays in his new book, he was discouraged from devoting his academic attention to it. But now, thanks in large part to Tegmark and his pursuit of controversial ideas, the concept of multiple universes (or a multiverse) is considered likely by many experts in the field…Tegmark explains with charismatic enthusiasm why it matters that there’s a version of reality made up entirely of math…Tegmark’s clear, engaging prose style can take you down these exciting and unexpected pathways of thought without making you feel lost.” —Nathan Gelgud, Biographile
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