Events | 6 February 2017

Waves Passing in the Night: a talk about astrophysics, harmony, and boundaries


By Scott Rappaport

Acclaimed writer and UC Santa Cruz alumnus Lawrence Weschler will join Academy Award-winning sound and film editor Walter Murch, and noted campus astronomer Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, for Waves Passing in the Night: Astrophysics, Harmony, and Boundaries, on February 13, at 7 p.m., in the Music Center Recital Hall.

The occasion is a conversation on astrophysics, acoustics, and disciplinary boundaries celebrating Weschler’s brand new book, Waves Passing in the Night: Walter Murch in the Land of the Astrophysicists, just published by Bloomsbury, USA.

The book profiles Murch, a film legend and amateur astrophysicist who is well-known for his work on such classic films as Apocalypse Now, The Godfather trilogy, and The English Patient.

It focuses on Murch’s passion for astrophysics, in particular the rehabilitation of Titius-Bode, a long abandoned 18th century theory regarding the patterns by which planets and moons array themselves in gravitational systems across the universe.