Janna Levin speaking at TED

Janna Levin, Physicist, in Session 1: Monumental, on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at TED2011. Credit: James Duncan Davidson / TED

Physics and Astronomy Prof. Janna Levin spoke about the "soundtrack" of the universe at the TED 2011 conference in Long Beach, Calif.  “I want to convince you that the universe has a soundtrack, and that soundtrack is played on space itself," she said.  The Huffington Post and New York magazine noted Prof. Levin's lecture, specifically, on the sound of black holes.

Professor Levin's research focuses on theories of the early universe, chaos, and black holes. She is also interested in the topology of the universe and the question of whether or not the universe is infinite. Other research topics include the cosmology of extra dimensions and string cosmology.

She is the author of a popular science book, How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space.