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Spector Presents at Beckett Conference

In an example of HWS interdisciplinarity, Donald Spector, the Phillip J. Moorad ’28 and Margaret N. Moorad Professor of Science and Chair of the Physics Department, recently presented a talk at the “Beckett’s Traces” conference in Lille, France, as part of the Samuel Beckett centenary.

The only scientist presenting at a literary conference, Spector gave a talk titled “Distinguishing the Multiverse from an Echo in ‘Waiting for Godot,'” which used ideas from quantum mechanics to offer a new analysis of Beckett’s most famous play.

Beckett, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969, published “Watiting for Godot” in French in 1952; it was premiered the following year.

Spector, who joined the HWS faculty in 1989, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University, where he also earned his master’s degree and doctorate. He has been a KITP Scholar of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and a visiting fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.