June 6, 2013
Doors at 7:00 pm
Show at 8:00 pm
911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
$30 - $60 (not including fees)
STG presents Seattle Science Festival’s Opening Night event, Beyond Infinity? The Search for Understanding at the Limits of Space and Time, on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 8 pm at The Paramount Theatre.
Having served as the Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement to President Obama and played the role of Kumar in the popular Harold and Kumar films, as well as Dr. Kutner in the television show House, Kal Penn will join the Seattle Science Festival as the narrator for the Opening Night’s performance of the fantastic, multimedia work Icarus at the Edge of Time on June 6 at the Paramount Theatre.
Current advances in theoretical physics are blurring the boundaries between science and philosophy. How can we comprehend, much less determine, the size or age of the universe, when doing so requires us to consider quantities either unimaginably huge or impossibly tiny? What are the origins of the universe, and what are its implications for time travel? This spectacular event will feature presentations by three of the nation’s greatest physicists and the performance of a multi-media work accompanied a live orchestral performance of an original score by Philip Glass.
Dr. Brian Greene is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in the field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos, inspired The Washington Post to call him the “single best explainer of abstruse ideas in the world today.” His most recent book, The Hidden Reality, explores whether our’s is the only universe. Greene is co-director of Columbia’s Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics and the co-Founder of New York’s World Science Festival.
Dr. Sean Carroll’s research focuses on theoretical physics and cosmology, especially the origin and constituents of the universe. Carroll is the author of From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time and Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity as well as the forthcoming The Particle at the End of the Universe. He has appeared on TV shows such as The Colbert Report and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and frequently serves as a science consultant for film and television.
Dr. Adam Frank’s research on computational astrophysics focuses on star formation and stellar evolution. His popular writing concentrates on issues of science in its cultural context and the role of technology in the human experience of time. He is a co-founder of NPR’s 13.7 Cosmos and Culture Blog. He also wrote About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang, exploring how the texture of our lives changes along with our understanding of the universe’s origin.
This event will feature the west coast premiere of Icarus at the Edge of Time, a stunning multimedia performance about a boy who challenges the formidable power of a black hole. Based on a book by Brian Greene, directed by British filmmakers Al + Al with a script adapted by Greene and Tony award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, the piece features an original orchestral score by Philip Glass that will be performed by the Garfield Orchestra under the direction of Marcus Tsutakawa.
Journalist Jennifer Ouellette, who writes the popular Cocktail Party Physics blog for Scientific American will be Mistress of Ceremonies for this fantastic event.
A VIP reception with the speakers and performers will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre. VIP Tickets include premium seating for the Opening Night event. All ages are welcome.