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, Conny Aerts, Peter Galison, Murray Gell-Mann, John Grunsfeld, Stephen Hawking, Robert Kirshner, Nathan Lewis, and M. Cristina Marchetti. Presentations have included how stars ring, projects at the large hadron collider (LHC), how the brain works, challenges for global energy, the potential in the human genome, and black holes.

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.



Upcoming Event

New Challenges for Climate Science Following the Paris Agreement

Speaker: Stephen Belcher
Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 7:00 PM
Location: Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kohn Hall, Main Seminar Room



KITP Public Lectures Archive

Event Information
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
Albert Einstein the Peacenik
Speaker: Larry Badash
Date: 2005-04-27
Genetic Predispositions for Cancers in Humans
Speaker: Arnold J. Levine
Date: 2005-02-02
From photons to perception: A physicist looks at the brain
Speaker: William Bialek
Date: 2004-09-01
Finding Planets and Searching for Life: Worthy Goals for 21st Century Science
Speaker: Charles Beichman
Date: 2004-03-03
The Interplay Between Art and Physics: Altering Perceptions of Reality
Speaker: Jean-Pierre Hébert
Date: 2003-09-10
The Human Genome Project, where do we go from here?
Speaker: Arnold J. Levine
Date: 2003-06-11
Neutrinos Get under Your Skin!
Speaker: Boris Kayser
Date: 2003-04-30