Continuing mathematician sanity thread: Boltzmann

[Boltzmann] Opposition to his ideas was harsh and his moods were volatile. Despondent, fearing disintegration of his theories,he hanged himself in 1906. It wasn’t his first suicide attempt, but it was his most successful.

This kind of expresses the mood of Janna Levin’s book about topology, the size of the universe, and all sorts of things that are too deep to even think about, like English apartments.  Silly physicists take everything too seriously.

New York.

How Did the Universe Get Its Spots?
Performance artist Laurie Anderson + astrophysicist Janna Levin
The first (and only) artist-in-residence at NASA engages in a free-form conversation with the novelist and professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College. Levin teases apart the implications of black holes and the early conditions the universe; her first novel, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, won the PEN/Bingham Fellowship for Writers.

Date & Time: Saturday, March 6, 2010, 6:00 PM
Location: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

One mathematician

a very different one