A big part of ground-breaking science is seeing what couldn’t be seen, imagining the unimaginable. Every great scientist has a fundamental capacity for creativity – crossing new frontiers of outside-the-box thinking and pushing their brainpower to superhuman levels.
What is the limit of our brain capacity and how can we translate potential brainpower into powerful discoveries? Hear from Fernando Calamante and Michael Barnett from Sydney Imaging and the Brain and Mind Centre talking about how to map brain structural networks, and how networks can be affected in disease (either by the disease process or as external modified for treatment). Physicist Céline Boehm will be talking about the recent images of black holes and dark matter. Joining them is philosopher David Braddon-Mitchell.
To close out the programme is Dr Benjamin Carey performing a new audio-visual performance for modular synthesiser and live visuals. His performance interactively explores some of the event’s themes through interactive sound and visuals.
Benjamin is an artist and researcher working at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, whose work incorporates equal parts improvised performance, composition and the development of musical software systems. His chosen instrument, the modular synthesiser, is a complex musical system which places the human performer in a symbiotic relationship with often-unwieldy networks of electricity.
This event was held on Tuesday 20 August at the University of Sydney during Innovation Week 2019, which celebrates landmark discoveries and transformative inventions by the University's academics and students.
Céline joined the University of Sydney in January 2018 and is only the second woman in history to be Head of the School for Physics. As an astroparticle physicist, Céline has worked around the world, most recently as Chair of Physics at the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology at Durham University, in the UK, for seven years. She has previously held academic positions in physics at the Laboratoire d’Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique Théorique in France, CERN in Switzerland, and Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
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