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Memphis-born Author Alan Lightman Will Explore Discoveries Nov. 10
For release: Oct. 21, 2005
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What do the great 20th century scientists have to do with the great 20 th century artists? That's the question to be explored by physicist, novelist, essayist, and educator Alan Lightman in a lecture at the University of Memphis Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Lightman will discuss the common processes of creativity and genius, whether in the mind of a scientist or an artist, and how that common experience of discovery brings the sciences and arts together in unexpected ways. His book, The Discoveries – Great Breakthroughs in Twentieth Century Science, will be published Nov. 8.

Lightman also is the author of Einstein's Dreams, Good Benito, and The Diagnosis, which was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction. He was guest editor of The Best American Essays, and his own essays, short fiction, and reviews have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Granta, Harper's The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Review of Books.

Born in Memphis, Lightman attended Princeton University and earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from California Institute of Technology. He is an adjunct professor of humanities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches creative writing and physics. He holds the only joint appointment in humanities and science at MIT.

A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. Copies of The Discoveries will be available for purchase.

Parking is available in the garage off Zach Curlin Ave. For more information, call 901-678-3067.

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