Dr. Charles Liu

Professor of Astrophysics, City University of New York

Primer— The Consequences of Time Loops

A discussion of the ethical, psychological, and apocalyptic ramifications of the time loop central to Primer’s plot.

Brooklyn Academy of Music Brooklyn, NY

Film Synopsis

Four friends and fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.

Two friends (Shane Carruth, David Sullivan) invent a form of time travel, and though they think they are being smart about using it, within just five days, selfishness and shortsightedness lead them to create so many overlapping timelines that they lose control of themselves, their friendship, and the technology.

About the Speaker

Dr. Charles Liu is an extragalactic observational astronomer and professor of astrophysics at the City University of New York. His research focuses on colliding galaxies, starburst galaxies, and the star formation history of the universe; and it also wanders into the realm of quasars and active galactic nuclei. He currently serves as faculty director of the Macaulay Honors College and The Verrazano School at CSI, and as education officer and councilor of the American Astronomical Society.