Fermilab Art & Lecture At Home series, “When Art and Science Collide” continues with “Graphic Talk About the Universe” at 7:30 pm on Friday, March 26 (CST), with Dr. Clifford Johnson, University of Southern California. Registration is required at events.fnal.gov/arts-lecture-series/. There is access for $ 4.
Johnson is a theoretical physicist passionate about sharing science with the public. He wanted to write a book on physics to a lay audience, but he felt that words on a printed page did not fully convey the dynamic, collaborative nature of fundamental research.
What if, he wondered, you could represent several voices and points of view? What if one could make the reader feel immersed in scientific discourse than reading the words of an expert with a single perspective?
He wanted to write a book that would give readers a flying experience exploring the ideas themselves, a key process of fundamental science. Johnson realized that graphic novels are the only narrative medium he was looking for.
This finding led Johnson to write and draw “The Dialogues: Conversations on the Nature of the Universe” (MIT Press), which allows readers to eavesdrop on a series of dialogues, located in places around the world, on cutting-edge scientific topics.
In his speech, Johnson will discuss the process of transforming complex scientific topics into compelling visual narratives. The speech will be “graphic”, but family friendly.
Johnson’s work in science ranges from teaching and research on black holes, particle physics, string theory and cosmology, to public outreach where he seeks to put science back into the general culture. He helps artists, writers and producers integrate science into their work, and appears in several television and online shows. He has been a scientific advisor for many television programs and movies, including Nat Geo’s “Genius” (with Einstein), “Marvel’s Agent Carter”, “Thor: Ragnarok”, “Avengers: End Game” and “Infinite War” and more.