Virtual Event: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
The Disordered Cosmos:
A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred
in conversation with KIESE LAYMON
March 9, 2021
6:00 PM ET
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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Harvard Library welcomes celebrated cosmologist CHANDA PRESCOD-WEINSTEIN—assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of New Hampshire—for a discussion of her debut book, The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred. She will be joined in conversation by acclaimed writer KIESE LAYMON, author of How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America and Heavy: An American Memoir.
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About The Disordered Cosmos
In The Disordered Cosmos, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein shares her love for physics, from the Standard Model of Particle Physics and what lies beyond it, to the physics of melanin in skin, to the latest theories of dark matter—all with a new spin informed by history, politics, and the wisdom of Star Trek.
One of the leading physicists of her generation, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is also one of fewer than one hundred Black American women to earn a PhD from a department of physics. Her vision of the cosmos is vibrant, buoyantly non-traditional, and grounded in Black feminist traditions.
Prescod-Weinstein urges us to recognize how science, like most fields, is rife with racism, sexism, and other dehumanizing systems. She lays out a bold new approach to science and society that begins with the belief that we all have a fundamental right to know and love the night sky. The Disordered Cosmos dreams into existence a world that allows everyone to tap into humanity's wealth of knowledge about the wonders of the universe.
Praise for The Disordered Cosmos
“Breathtakingly expansive and intimate . . . Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is a griot of the universe, and her powerful storytelling will reignite your commitment to creating a world in which we all have the spacetime to think and dream.” —Ruha Benjamin, author of Race After Technology
“This kind of science book is all too rare, and all too necessary.” —Clifford Johnson, author of The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe
“A groundbreaking work of science and art—a clarion call to think rigorously, to question fearlessly, to challenge what we've long been told and reimagine what could exist in our search to better understand ourselves and our universe.” —Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know
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