Science & Cocktails with Erik Verlinde + live: Yin Yin

Science & Cocktails with Erik Verlinde + live: Yin Yin

maandag 4 februari 2019

maandag 4 februari 2019

In Paradiso - Grote Zaal

Zaal open: 19:30, Hoofdprogramma: 20:30

Students/CJP/Stadpas €5,-
  • Programma half zittend, half staand

Event in English, semi-seated.

19:30 doors open for cocktails
20:30 Erik Verlinde (talk)
21:40 YIN YIN (live music)

Science & Cocktails is a series of public talks by scientists with live music and smoky dry-ice chilled cocktails in your hand.  Erik Verlinde will talk about black holes, gravity and the edge of the universe. Afterwards, live 'Thaichedelic’ music by YIN YIN and 'Black Hole' cocktails. 

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Black Holes, Gravity and the Edge of the Universe

Why do things fall? What do you see when you fall inside a black hole? What is the origin of space and time? How does gravity work in galaxies and the cosmos? What happens at the edge of the Universe?

Gravity has been studied for centuries by many great scientists. Newton and later Einstein developed theories of gravity that both have been very successful in explaining a large portion of our observed universe.

Yet there are still important questions that relate to gravity that have remained unanswered to this day. These open questions center around three different aspects of gravity. What happens inside black holes, where gravity is very strong? How does gravity work at the scale of the Milky Way and the cosmos, where the gravitational force is very weak? What are the tiniest building blocks of spacetime, and what do they tell us about the origin of gravity?

At present a scientific revolution is taking place in theoretical physics that is shedding light on all these questions and is leading to a completely new view on gravity and the cosmos.  This evening, Erik Verlinde will give a lucid and accessible exposition of these exciting developments. 

Afterwards, a delightful menu of homemade cocktail recipes that will prepare you for your after journey through the universe while Yin Yin takes the stage. Using South East Asian music from the 60´s and 70´s as a main inspiration, whilst also bringing their

individual musical backgrounds and interests to the table, Yin Yin plays a set of songs mixing world music, disco, funk and electronic music.

About Erik Verlinde

Erik Verlinde is a theoretical physicist and string theorist. He is professor at the University of Amsterdam in the string theory group. His research deals with string theory, gravity, black holes and cosmology. He received the Spinoza prize in 2011.


The Dutch band YIN YIN combines 60s and 70s sounds from South Asia with influences of world music, disco, funk and electronic music. ‘Thaichedelic’, as they call it. YIN YIN consists of Kees Berkers (Baby Galaxy, YAYAYA) and Yves Lennertz (Bounty Island), but live they perform with four men on stage. Their debut ‘Pingpxng’ came out in cassette form in the summer of 2018 via Coaster Records.

This event is an initiative by the Dutch Institute for Emergent Phenomena (DIEP) with the support of NWA Route 2.

Science & Cocktails Amsterdam is presented in cooperation with Paradiso and acknowledges the support of New Scientist.

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