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  • Physics

  • Events 

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Unification of Physics: The Quest for a Theory of Everything

    This event is sold out
    Featuring: Katherine Freese (Nordita and University of Michigan), Marcelo Gleiser (Dartmouth College), Lee Smolin (The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics), Max Tegmark (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    A "theory of everything" has thus far eluded physicists seeking to unify the laws of the universe. Physicists Katherine Freese, Marcelo Gleiser, Lee Smolin, and Max Tegmark debate whether there are scientific and human limits on what can be ultimately known.

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Transcending Matter: Physics and Ultimate Meaning

    Featuring: Adam Frank (University of Rochester), David Kaiser (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Tim Maudlin (New York University), Priyamvada Natarajan (Yale University)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    Astrophysicists Adam Frank and Priyamvada Natarajan, historian of science David Kaiser, and philosopher of physics Tim Maudlin share their thoughts on what contemporary physics can offer in the quest to understand our place in the universe.

  • Past Events

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Origins of the Universe: Why Is There Something Rather than Nothing?

    Featuring: David Z. Albert (Columbia University), Jim Holt (Author of Why Does the World Exist?), Neil Turok (The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    Great mysteries still surround the origins and existence of the universe. Physicist Neil Turok, philosopher of physics David Albert, and writer and philosopher Jim Holt discuss the most basic existential question of all: Why are we here?

    Friday, March 28, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    8th Annual Machine Learning Symposium

    Keynote Speakers: Rayid Ghani (University of Chicago), Brian Kingsbury (IBM), Jorge Nocedal (Northwestern University)

    Chief Data Scientist for the 'Obama for America' 2012 re-election campaign, and other experts, explore the latest innovations in harnessing the power of big data through machine learning.

    Friday, November 16, 2012 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    The 8th Gotham-Metro Condensed Matter Meeting: Tapping NYC's Science and Engineering Talent

    Keynote Speakers: KC Huang (Stanford University), Amir Yacoby (Harvard University)
    Speakers: Yanan Geng (Rutgers University), Matt Lohr (The University of Pennsylvania), Siarhei Samsonau (College of Staten Island), Carl Schreck (Yale University), Heli Vora (Stony Brook University), Scott Dietrich (City College of New York)
    Moderator and Panelists: Seth Pinsky (NYC Economic Development Corporation), Shelley A. Harrison (Executive-in-Residence, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress), Kathleen R. McKeown (Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, Columbia University), Michael O'Boyle (IBM)

    This biannual condensed matter physics conference features keynote talks in hard matter and soft matter as well as a series of student presentations. There will also be a special panel discussion, "Generation Tech: Tapping NYC's Science & Engineering Talent," moderated by Seth Pinsky, President of the NYC Economic Development Corp, and featuring representatives of the new engineering and applied science institutions that are being created in the city.

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012 | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Black Holes and Astrobiology

    Speaker: Caleb Scharf (Columbia University)

    Join us for a night of singularities and extraterrestrials as Dr. Caleb Scharf, Director of Astrobiology at Columbia University, describes the latest science behind black holes and an update on the search for life on other planets.

  • Publications 

    Annals

    Flow of Time

    Edited by Dean Rickles and Maria Kon (University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia)

    This Annals volume explores the nature of time's passage from a variety of perspectives, including from mathematics and physics to linguistics and cognitive science.

    Volume 1326

    eBriefing

    Black Holes and Astrobiology

    Speaker: Caleb Scharf (Columbia University)

    This eBriefing documents a presentation by Caleb Scharf, director of astrobiology at Columbia University, who described the latest science on black holes and gave an update on the search for life on other planets.

    eBriefing

    From Colloidal Systems to Frustrated Magnets: 7th Gotham-Metro Condensed Matter Meeting 2012

    Keynote Speakers: Leon Balents (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Mohammad F. Islam (Carnegie Mellon University)

    At the seventh biannual Gotham-Metro Condensed Matter conference faculty, postdocs, and students shared ideas and research on condensed matter with fellow physicists, covering the spectrum from graphene-based transistors and novel chemical sensors to the fundamentals of colloids, metamaterials, and quantum spin liquids.

    eBriefing

    Chemical Engineering Approaches to Challenges in Energy and Biomedicine

    Keynote Speakers: Amos Avidan (Bechtel), Mauricio Futran (Rutgers University), and Eric Toone (U.S. Department of Energy)

    The field of chemical engineering—poised at the interface of chemistry, engineering, and biomedicine—is well positioned to solve global challenges. This eBriefing reviews the role of chemical engineering in energy and healthcare research: from new renewable energy sources to improved methods of tissue engineering.

  • Podcasts

    Podcast
    July 16, 2010

    Moon, Mars, and Beyond

    Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts the 2010 Isaac Asimov debate at the Hayden Planetarium. He and five panelists debate whether NASA should bother going back to the moon, or just focus on Mars instead.

    Download (56 MB, 01:26:29)
    Podcast
    May 21, 2010

    What Time Is It?

    Famed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and theoretical physicist Brian Greene dissect time as we know it. What is the smallest unit of time, and what does it look like? For starters, you should stop looking at the clock, and start looking at the universe.

    Download (32 MB, 00:49:41)
    Podcast
    May 7, 2010

    How the Universe Got Its Spots

    Physicist Janna Levin and artist Laurie Anderson (NASA's first artist in residence) tackle the origins of our universe.

    Download (30 MB, 00:46:58)
    Podcast
    April 16, 2010

    Does Chaos Have Meaning?

    Award-winning filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and astrophysicist Piet Hut discuss what chaos is and what it means when it comes to the universe.

    Download (21 MB, 00:31:53)
  • Webinar Archives

    Webinar Archive
    November 21, 2009

    Gotham-Metro Condensed Matter Meeting

    Graduate students from around the New York metropolitan area recently organized a symposium spotlighting some of the most exciting local work in soft and hard condensed matter physics. This webinar archive collects all the presentations.

  • Translational Medicine Initiative

    Macy FoundationThe Translational Medicine Initiative represents a three-year partnership between the New York Academy of Sciences and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation to support the translation of basic science research into clinical applications.

    Learn more at www.nyas.org/TransMed.