St Peter's School
World-renowned theoretical physicist Professor Lisa Randall, of Harvard University, enlightened a 300-strong audience at St Peter’s on the unlikely connection between two spectacular phenomena.
Discussing the theory behind her new book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe, Professor Randall explained the role of dark matter in the origins of the universe, its role in our solar system and the process by which scientists explore new concepts and theories.
Professor Randall elaborated on the idea that dark matter could in fact be responsible for the meteor the size of a city descending from space to wipe out the dinosaurs sixty-six million years ago, before concluding her lecture with the surprising connections to be found between science and art – something she has explored through writing a libretto for Hypermusic: A Projective Opera in Seven Planes and co-curating an art exhibit for the Los Angeles Arts Association.
David Morris, Head of Science at St Peter’s said: “It was a wonderful experience to be able to welcome a physicist of Professor Randall’s standing to St Peter’s. She is a leading expert on the mysterious subject of dark matter and her theory of how it may have led to the extinction of the dinosaurs was truly fascinating. I would like to offer her my sincere thanks for agreeing to come to visit us in York and for no doubt inspiring the next generation of young scientists.”