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
Mathematics and the Quantum Universe
Speaker: Robbert Dijkgraaf
Date: 2008-07-30
Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life
Speaker: Samuel S.-h. Wang
Date: 2008-04-16
Citizen-Scientists and the Dawn of the Space Age
Speaker: Patrick McCray
Date: 2008-01-24
Challenges for Global Energy
Speaker: Nathan S. Lewis
Date: 2007-12-04
Einstein's Blunder Undone: the discovery of cosmic acceleration
Speaker: Robert Kirshner
Date: 2007-04-11
Intellectual Courage and Scientific Ballooning
Speaker: Julian Nott
Date: 2007-01-07
Bringing Order to Chaotic Hearts
Speaker: Alain S. Karma
Date: 2006-07-26
Putting Weirdness to Work: Quantum Information Science
Speaker: John Preskill
Date: 2006-05-03
The Nature of Space
Speaker: Michael Atiyah
Date: 2005-10-26
The Search for Habitable Environments in the Solar System
Speaker: Dan McCleese
Date: 2005-07-13