The disordered cosmos

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 15 April

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London
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  • The spiral galaxy NGC 5643 in the constellation of Lupus

    Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al.; acknowledgment: Mahdi Zamani

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Chanda Prescod-Weinstein insists that everyone has a right to know the night sky. One of the leading physicists of her generation, she is also one of the fewer than one hundred Black American women to earn a PhD in physics.

Join her in conversation as she discusses her love for physics, from the Standard Model of Particle Physics and what lies beyond it, to the physics of melanin in skin, to the latest theories of dark matter. All this and more can be found in her first book, The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred, published by Bold Type Books.

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About the speaker

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and core faculty in women’s and gender studies at the University of New Hampshire. She is also a columnist for New Scientist and Physics World. Her research in theoretical physics focuses on cosmology, neutron stars, and dark matter. She also does research in Black feminist science, technology, and society studies.

Nature recognized her as one of 10 people who shaped science in 2020, and Essence magazine has recognized her as one of '15 Black Women Who Are Paving the Way in STEM and Breaking Barriers.' A cofounder of Particles for Justice, she received the 2017 LGBT+ Physicists Acknowledgement of Excellence Award for her contributions to improving conditions for marginalized people in physics and the 2021 American Physical Society Edward A. Bouchet Award for her contributions to particle cosmology.

Originally from East L.A., she divides her time between the New Hampshire Seacoast and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her first book, The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred, is forthcoming on 15 April 2021 from Bold Type Books. 

 

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The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

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