by Janna Levin
A young astrophysicist finds wild parallels in her research and personal life. This story was produced in collaboration with the World Science Festival.
Janna Levin is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University, where her scientific research concerns the early universe, chaos, and black holes. She’s also the author of How the Universe Got Its Spots: diary of a finite time in a finite space, a popular science book, and A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, a novel that won the PEN/Bingham Fellowship for Writers. She was the first scientist-in-residence at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing at Oxford with an award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and Arts (NESTA). She has written for many artists and appeared on several radio and television programs.