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 Space, How 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.