Date: 04/17/2017

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: The Bell House (149 7th St., Brooklyn)

Price: Free

Einstein’s theory of relativity showed that gravity and the evolution of the cosmos can be understood through the geometry of space and time. But some of the most dramatic predictions of that theory, such as black holes and the Big Bang, challenge that idea. When combined with quantum mechanics, the solution points to a deeper underlying description of reality where space and time are . . . but an illusion. Did the Big Bang create time? Do space and time switch places inside a black hole? And that’s not all! Robbert Dijkgraaf examines how the strangest, deepest questions about the nature of the Universe sometimes yield the most unexpected and practical solutions to human problems. In a just-reissued reprise of one of the seminal arguments for the importance of basic scientific research, Dr. Dijkgraaf celebrates THE USEFULNESS OF USELESS KNOWLEDGE.

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