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 Informationsort descending
A Hubble Space Telescope Picture Gallery
Speaker: Sandra M. Faber
Date: 1996-11-20
A New Form Of Matter: Bose-Einstein Condensation and the Atom Laser
Speaker: Wolfgang Ketterle
Date: 1998-04-01
Albert Einstein the Peacenik
Speaker: Larry Badash
Date: 2005-04-27
Beyond Chaos: The Continuing Enigma of Turbulence
Speaker: Nigel Goldenfeld
Date: 2017-02-01
Black Holes and Gravitational Waves -- Was Einstein Right?
Speaker: Saul Teukolsky
Date: 2017-05-15
Bringing Order to Chaotic Hearts
Speaker: Alain S. Karma
Date: 2006-07-26
Building Things With Atoms: A Report From The Small Frontier
Speaker: Don Eigler
Date: 2001-12-12
Can Evolution Be Understood Quantitatively?
Speaker: Daniel S. Fisher
Date: 2013-01-30
Challenges for Global Energy
Speaker: Nathan S. Lewis
Date: 2007-12-04
Citizen-Scientists and the Dawn of the Space Age
Speaker: Patrick McCray
Date: 2008-01-24