For the Love of Physics Event

For the Love of Physics: A Celebration of Music, Art and Nature

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On Friday, November 3rd, the Brown Physics Department presented “For the Love of Physics: A Celebration of Music, Art and Nature,” an event exploring the intersection of physics and creativity, in which presenters will discuss Brown as an inspirational backdrop for their creative endeavors. Participants were immersed in the world of physics in an evening filled with live performances and inspiring interdisciplinary presentations by renowned faculty and celebrated artists. 

At Salomon Auditorium on the Brown University campus, the event featured physicist Sylvester “Jim” Gates, musicians Adrian Montero and Leland Baker, and artists Leah Beeferman, Jelena Berenc, and many others.

The two-day event began on Thursday, November 2nd, "For the Love of Physics"  with a STEM physics workshop for middle-school students to help create new paths to advancement in physics education.

Friday, November 3rd featured a lunchtime discussion about underrepresented groups, challenges and progress in physics with physicist Sylvester "Jim" Gates, known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity and superstring theory.

Following this discussion was the premier of Gates’ “Why I Chose Physics” video at 2 PM and a Q&A session with the audience.

The premiere event began at 4 PM in Salomon Auditorium with presentations from distinguished artists and speakers from the fields of physics, music and the arts. Musical presenters included acclaimed classical guitarist and educator Adrian Montero and jazz saxophonist/music educator Leland Baker, who performed several pieces for the audience. Artistic presenters included digital artist Leah Beeferman and visual artist Jelena Berenc. Distinguished speakers included multifaceted physicists Stephon AlexanderJim GatesRichard GaitskellJia Li, and Vesna Mitrović.

The Brown University Department of Physics is a vibrant department with faculty, pursuing the frontiers of science, engineering and physics education. While some faculty are pushing the limits of physics to detect new fundamental particles and dark matter, others are formulating, perceiving and creating devices and materials that transform all practical aspects of our daily lives. Together, we strive to build a stronger, more diverse and more vibrant physics community.

The Physics Department would like to thank Angella Johnson for organizing all aspects of this event and the Demonstrations team for their contributions to making this event happen. Without Angella's efforts, this event would not have come to pass, so we offer her our collective thanks for a fantastic event!