Michio Kaku - "The God Equation" - LeVar Burton

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku discusses The God Equation: The Quest for the Theory of Everything. He will be joined in discussion by LeVar Burton.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival

Virtual event


About the book: When Newton discovered the law of gravity, he unified the rules governing the heavens and the Earth. Since then, physicists have been placing new forces into ever-grander theories. But perhaps the ultimate challenge is achieving a monumental synthesis of the two remaining theories—relativity and the quantum theory. This would be the crowning achievement of science, a profound merging of all the forces of nature into one beautiful, magnificent equation to unlock the deepest mysteries in science: What happened before the Big Bang? What lies on the other side of a black hole? Are there other universes and dimensions? Is time travel possible? Why are we here? Kaku also explains the intense controversy swirling around this theory, with Nobel laureates taking opposite sides on this vital question. It is a captivating, gripping story; what’s at stake is nothing less than our conception of the universe. Written with Kaku’s trademark enthusiasm and clarity, this epic and engaging journey is the story of The God Equation.

About the author: Michio Kaku is a professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York, co-founder of string field theory, and the author of several books, including Beyond Einstein, The Future of the Mind, Hyperspace, Physics of the Future, Physics of the Impossible, and The God Equation. He is the science correspondent for CBS This Morning and host of the radio programs Science Fantastic and Exploration.

About the interlocutor: LeVar Burton is an actor, director, educator & cofounder of the award-winning Skybrary App; former host and executive producer of PBS's Reading Rainbow; and a lifelong children's literacy advocate. He hosts his own podcast, LeVar Burton Reads sharing the best short fiction and handpicked by the best voice in podcasting. LeVar also has a new YouTube Series This Is My Story which highlights racism in America.