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Astrophysicist and writer Janna Levin is a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University. She is also the director of sciences at Pioneer Works, a center for the arts and sciences in Brooklyn. Through her work, Levin has contributed to an understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions and gravitational waves in the shape of spacetime. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a PEN/Bingham prize. Levin is the author of the popular science book “How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space” and the novel “A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines.” Her most recent book, “Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space” (Knopf) recounts the epic story of the fifty-year endeavor to record gravitational waves.

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Janna Levin

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