Film Screening of The Sense of Beauty, Tuesday October 2

The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics is pleased to announce a screening of The Sense of Beauty, a new film by Valerio Jalongo. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with distinguished faculty from Stony Brook University representing five disciplines: Mathematics, Physics, Philosophy, Art and Art History.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Della Pietra Family Auditorium, SCGP 103
5:30 pm The Sense of Beauty, a film by Valerio Jalongo
6:45  – 7:30pm Panel discussion: Beauty and Science: Encounters and Conversations
Moderated by Luis Alvarez-Gaume, Director SCGP, and Lorraine Walsh, Art Director and Curator SCGP

Introduction by Valerio Jalongo, Film Director and Screenwriter of The Sense of Beauty

Brooke Belisle, Assistant Professor, Art History and New Media
Robert P. Crease, Professor, Philosophy and History of Science
Sir Simon Donaldson, Professor, Fellow of the Royal Society, Mathematics, SCGP
Nobuho Nagasawa, Professor, Site-specific Installation, Interdisciplinary Practice, and Public Art
Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, Distinguished Professor, Physics                      

The Sense of Beauty is a film by Valerio Jalongo, produced at CERN with the participation of many of the theorists, experimentalists and technicians working in the laboratory.

The movie reveals the secrets of CERN’s underground laboratory and shows how beauty and harmony are the inspiring principles for both scientists and artists. The gigantic machines of CERN capture images with the same mysterious energy of the works of artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Michael Hoch, Carla Scaletti and many others. The images tell the spirituality of humankind and the relationship with nature. A relationship that was lived in fear, as a common experience of destructive force, and which today shows in a striking way that we can not stop the warming of the planet, our only living space. The scientists at CERN are confronted with the great questions of philosophers and mystics about the universe, our origin and our destiny. Some believe in God, others only to the laws of physics and mathematical formulas. However, all recognize that they are able to understand the almost ungraspable nature of matter and the cosmos only with their sixth sense: the meaning of beauty.

Beauty and Science: Encounters and Conversations panel discussion with distinguished faculty from Stony Brook University will immediately follow the film.

This event is made possible in part by the generous support of the Della Pietra families. 

Watch the Trailer


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