The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter, Paul Steinhardt

Apr 17, 2019, 6:00 pm6:00 pm
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street



Event Description

We invite you out to hear about one of the most fascinating scientific detective stories of the last fifty years, an exciting quest for a new form of matter. This story is like James Gleick’s Chaos combined with an Indiana Jones adventure. Full event details.

Paul J. Steinhardt is Professor in Science at Princeton University, where he is on the faculty of both the departments of Physics and Astrophysical Sciences. He cofounded and directs the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science. He has received the Dirac Medal and other prestigious awards. With his student, Dov Levine, Steinhardt first invented the theoretical concept of quasicrystals before they were synthesized in a laboratory. In 2014, the International Mineralogical Association named a new mineral steinhardtite in his honor and, in 2018, Steinhardt and his collaborator Luca Bindi won the Aspen Italia Prize for the discovery of the first natural quasicrystal. 

Free and open to the public.

Labyrinth Books. 122 Nassau Street. Princeton NJ 08542. 609/497/1600