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This edition: Season 3, Episode 13: The Man Who Knew Infinity - Janna Levin

Episode Details

Original tape date: September 22, 2016.

First aired: March 10, 2017.

In episode #313 of Science Goes to the Movies, author and cosmologist Janna Levin joins the show to talk about mathematics in movies like “The Man Who Knew Infinity”—about the life and work of famous mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. Levin shares what it was that drove her to write her two books, “How the Universe Got its Spots and Black Hole Blues,” about Kip Thorne’s wild ambition to record the sound of two black holes colliding. She explains the spirit of generosity that compels scientific research and how a mathematical proof can transcend argument. Also included: Levin’s assessment of how black holes are depicted in the film, “Interstellar,” given the fact that no one has ever seen one.

Guest List

Prof. Janna Levin Astrophysicist