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Vincent Icke
Vincent Icke

Vincent Icke

Vincent Icke is Professor of Astrophysics at Universiteit Leiden, and Professor of Cosmology at the University of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. He studied theoretical physics and astronomy at Utrecht, and in 1972 obtained a doctorate (for a study of galaxy formation and large scale cosmic structure) at Leiden. He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Sussex, Cambridge University, and the California Institute of Technology. After serving as a junior faculty member at the University of Minnesota, he came to Leiden in 1983. At present, his main interests are cosmology, the 'cosmological constant ', the formation of structure in the Universe, and high energy hydrodynamics. Besides his academic pursuits, he takes an active interest in the popularization of science and in the arts. The third printing of his book The Force of Symmetry, describing for a wide audience the current developments in theoretical particle physics, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1999. A book provisionally entitled Stars in Art will be published by Waanders in 2001.Vincent Icke is also a visual artist, and is guest lecturer at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy for the Arts in Amsterdam and at the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague. He writes a monthly column for the national newspaper NRC Handelsblad and is free-lance employee of VPRO Broadcasting; he has participated in many productions on radio and television.