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
From String Theory to Exotic Materials and Back Again
Speaker: Sean Hartnoll
Date: 2011-10-12
Life After Stellar Death: Supernovae, Neutron Stars, Pulsars and Black Holes
Speaker: Edward van den Heuvel
Date: 2011-03-23
How Bacteria Talk to Each Other
Speaker: Bonnie Bassler
Date: 2011-01-19
Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe
Speaker: William Phillips
Date: 2010-10-13
The New Century of Exoplanets
Speaker: Adam Burrows
Date: 2010-04-07
The Great Ideas of Biology
Speaker: Paul Nurse
Date: 2010-02-24
Exploring the Dark Universe
Speaker: Nima Arkani-Hamed
Date: 2009-12-16
The Universe in Collisions
Speaker: Maria Spiropulu
Date: 2009-05-13
Quantum Reality
Speaker: Sankar Das Sarma
Date: 2009-02-25
Topology, Physics, and Complexity: The birthing of the quantum computer
Speaker: Michael H. Freedman
Date: 2008-11-05