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Two Science Inspired Talks by a Poet and a Philosopher, Thursday, April 19, 2018.

The Simons Center Art and Science Program is pleased to announce two talks on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Two Science Inspired Talks by a Poet and a Philosopher

By Amy Catanzano, 2018 Inaugural Poet in Residence, and Robert Crease, Professor of Philosphy, Stony Brook University. Visit for more information

Robert Crease: The Beauty of Experiments, 3:30 pm, SCGP 102

Amy Catanzano: World Lines: A Poetry Reading, 4:15 pm, SCGP 102


Amy Catanzano is a poet who explores the intersections of literature, science, and art. In an integrated artistic practice and theory known as quantum poetics, she investigates shared principles in poetry and quantum mechanics to reinvent common notions of spacetime, language, and reality. Her creative and scholarly research spans the history of the avant-garde and contemporary literary and artistic subcultures in parallel to physics and its under-acknowledged relationship to poetics and the philosophy of language. She is the author of three books. Her most recent, Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella, received the Noemi Press Book Award. Her second book, Multiversal, published by Fordham University Press, received national recognition in the United States as the recipient of the PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry. She is an Assistant Professor of English in Creative Writing and the Poet in Residence at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

Robert Crease, Author, at home on his upper West Side New York City balcony. Model Released.

Robert P. Crease has been a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University for 30 years. He chaired the Department from 2006-2012, and again from September 2017 on. Crease has co-taught and collaborated with faculty in Stony Brook’s Chemistry, English, Physics, Psychology, and Theatre departments. His writings have spanned many areas of the humanities, including jazz, history, philosophy, art and theatre. Crease’s writing projects are often collaborative and interdisciplinary with faculty and graduate students. Crease has written encyclopedia biographies of jazz dancers and of physicists, while in 2012-2013 he won first prize in Stony Brook’s Science Playwriting Competition. He has written, translated, or edited over a dozen books on history and philosophy of science, and his articles have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other places. He is Past Chair of the Forum for History of Physics of the American Physical Society. He is Co-editor-in-chief of Physics in Perspective, and for 18 years he has written a column, “Critical Point,” on the historical and philosophical dimensions of science for Physics World. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in the United States, and the Institute of Physics (IOP) in London.



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