Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday Poem

Art and Environment
Edward Hessler

Here is a poem about April by Alicia Ostriker.

I love the following connection so bear with me but first read the poem.

By Ɓukasz Szczurowski (Own work)
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Janna Levin is a theoretical physicist at Barnard and the author of Black Hole Blues which is a story of the LIGO project (Laser Interferometric Gravitational-Wave Observatory).  This remarkable 50-year STEM project to detect gravitational waves, was first predicted by Albert Einstein. You will recall on 14 September 2015 we "heard" the universe for the first time.

I've known since I read her first book, How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space that Dr. Levin has one of her feet firmly planted in the world of art.  After receiving her Ph.D. (MIT) she worked at Cambridge University, UK. Just before returning to the United States, she was the first scientist-in-residence at the Ruskin School of Art at Oxford, made possible by an award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and Arts.

Levin notes in a review of Black Hole Blues by Marcus Chown ( Times Higher Education ) that she "maintained a studio in an artists' collective" where she wrote this book.  In the acknowledgements to this book she includes Jerry Ostriker who is the husband of Alicia Ostriker.

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