2012 Massey Lectures to kick off in St. John’s

In what could be the most exciting CBC Massey Lecture series yet, world renowned theoretical physicist Neil Turok will share his thoughts and beliefs about the coming paradigm shift, the quantum revolution, when he delivers his first lecture at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre on Oct. 10. His new CBC Massey Lectures book, “The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos”, was published by Anansi Press earlier this month.

Turok is the Director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and previously held positions as professor of physics at Princeton and Chair of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge. He has developed fundamental theories of the cosmos and, with colleague Stephen Hawking, developed the Hawking-Turok Instanton Theory, which describes the birth of inflationary universes. Further, he developed a cyclic universe scenario with Paul Steinhardt which is outlined in their critically acclaimed book Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang – Rewriting Cosmic History.

Stay tuned to TheIndependent.ca for an in-depth one-on-one interview with Turok prior to his Oct. 10 St. John’s lecture, “Magic That Works”.

In the meantime, some more on Turok from CBC’s web site:


Every technology we rely on today was created by the human mind, seeking to understand the universe around us. Scientific knowledge is our most precious possession, and our future will be shaped by the breakthroughs to come.

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In this personal, visionary, and fascinating work, Neil Turok … explores the transformative scientific discoveries of the past three centuries – from classical mechanics, to the nature of light, to the bizarre world of the quantum and the evolution of the cosmos. Each new discovery has, over time, yielded new technologies causing paradigm shifts in the organization of society. Now, he argues, we are on the cusp of another major transformation: the coming quantum revolution that will supplant our current digital age. Facing this brave new world, Turok calls for creatively re-inventing the way advanced knowledge is developed and shared, and opening access to the vast, untapped pools of intellectual talent in the developing world.

Elegantly written, deeply provocative and highly inspirational, The Universe Within is, above all, about the future – of science, society and ourselves.

Tickets for Turok’s Oct. 10 St. John’s Massey Lecture, “Magic That Works”, are $25, or $15 for students and seniors. They are available at the Arts and Culture Centre box office, by calling 729-3900, or online here.

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