Public Lectures

Physics for the Inquiring Mind

Public LecturesThis very popular series of 3-4 public lectures each year takes advantage of the presence of so many distinguished scientists who come to collaborate on the most fascinating and challenging questions in their fields. Our speakers have included, among others, Stephen Hawking, Murray Gell-Mann, Robert Kirshner, Peter Galison, John Grunsfeld, Lawrence Krauss, Nathan Lewis and Samuel Wang. Presentations have included the search for new planets, projects at the large hadron collider (LHC), how the brain works, challenges for global energy, the potential in the human genome, black holes and the physics of Star Trek.

The presentations put you in touch with people and research that is transforming our understanding of the universe. Friends of KITP receive priority seat reservations, and an informal reception follows each lecture.

KITP Public Lectures Archive

Event Information
Beyond Chaos: The Continuing Enigma of Turbulence
Speaker: Nigel Goldenfeld
Date: 2017-02-01
Realizing Feynman’s Dream of a Quantum Simulator
Speaker: Immanuel Bloch
Date: 2016-09-28
Do I have to draw you a diagram? A tale of quantum gravity
Speaker: Zvi Bern
Date: 2016-04-20
The Biological Future of Theoretical Physics
Speaker: Curt G. Callan
Date: 2016-02-10
Weight, Weight... Do Tell Me!: QCD and the Origin of Mass
Speaker: Andreas Kronfeld
Date: 2015-09-23
Starquakes and Exoplanets in the Milky Way
Speaker: Conny Aerts
Date: 2015-09-18
How Cells Package and Traffic Proteins for Export
Speaker: Randy Schekman
Date: 2015-08-19
Space-Time Versus the Quantum
Speaker: Joseph Polchinski
Date: 2014-12-04
From zero to c in 60 minutes: ...A crash course in Einstein's relativity
Speaker: R. Shankar
Date: 2014-11-18
The Quantum Physics of Global Warming
Speaker: Brad Marston
Date: 2014-06-18