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Exhibition: Space Waves and a Tale

Hannes Alfvén (1908–1995). Nobel Prize laureate in physics 1970.

Published Sep 07, 2022

The exhibition Space Waves and a Tale presents parts of Alfvén's extensive research, his community engagement and last but not least, his fictional story The tale of the great computing machine from 1966.

Illustration av Matti Kallioinen

Vernissage: Space Waves and a Tale

Welcome to the vernissage of the exhibition Space Waves and a Tale.

Tuesday 4 October at 14:30

Aurora borealis
Aurora borealis

In 1970, KTH professor Hannes Alfvén (1908 – 1995) was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for his discoveries and applications in plasma physics. The exhibition Space Waves and a Tale presents parts of Alfvén's extensive research, his community engagement and his fictional story The tale of the great computing machine from 1966.

Alfvén's research allow us to explore all corners of the universe – from the auroras on earth to the auroras on other planets, from solar wind to stellar wind, from plasma phenomena in the laboratory to astrophysical plasma phenomena in ours and other galaxies.

The tale of the great computing machine is a satirical tale that tells the story of a future society controlled by computers and is also the source of inspiration for a newly produced opera with the same name.The opera premieres in December at the KTH Reactor Hall and will be running for two weeks.

Hannes Alfvén.
Hannes Alfvén.

As part of the exhibition Space Waves and a Tale you are invited to look ahead and share your visions of how future technology will shape our lives and societies. Two students from the KTH School of Architecture have contributed to the exhibition by designing and building a flexible and sustainable exhibition module.

The opening of the exhibition will be at a vernissage on 4 October and it will be running until 16 December. Space Waves and a Tale is produced by the project group for KTH 200 years anniversary celebration together with KTH Library, The Opera: The Tale of the Great Computing Machine, the Division of Space and Plasma Physics and the KTH School of Architecture.

Welcome to the KTH Library and the exhibition Space Waves and a Tale.

The opera The Tale of the Great Computing Machine

Division of Space and Plasma Physics

KTH School of Architecture