Janna Levin

Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Barnard College of Columbia University; Author, How the Universe Got Its Spots; Author, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Janna Levin is a professor of physics and astronomy at Columbia University’s Barnard College who contributes to understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, and gravitational waves in the shape of space-time. She is also director of sciences at Pioneer Works. Levin was previously the first scientist-in-residence at Oxford’s Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing and has worked at Cambridge University and UC Berkeley’s Center for Particle Astrophysics. She authored Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer SpaceHow the Universe Got Its Spots, and a novel, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, which won the PEN/Bingham Prize. She was named a Guggenheim fellow in 2012. 

Videos/Audio of Janna Levin

What is the universe made of and why don't we know what it's made of? From the esoteric to the concrete. See more
Headline news was made earlier this year when the detection of gravitational waves, caused by the collision of two... See more
Black holes are dark. That’s their essence. Being dark against a dark sky and a shadow against a bright sky are the... See more
Astrophysicist and writer Janna Levin offers an epic tour through time from the beginning of the universe in a big bang... See more
The creative mind is spectacularly diverse. What drives the creative process in folks whom we deem “creative”? See more
Festival Opening and Welcome: What's the Big Idea See more