Public Lectures

Physics for the Inquiring Mind

Public LecturesKITP Public Lectures connect you with people and research that is transforming our understanding of the universe. This popular series of 3-4 public lectures each year takes advantage of the presence of the many distinguished scientists who visit KITP to collaborate on the most fascinating and challenging questions in their fields. 

Speakers have included, among others, Conny Aerts, Peter Galison, Asimina Arvanitaki, Murray Gell-Mann, John Grunsfeld, Stephen Hawking, Robert Kirshner, Nathan Lewis, and M. Cristina Marchetti. Talks have ranged from 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.

Friends of KITP receive priority seat reservations, and an informal reception follows each lecture.

KITP Public Lectures Archive

Event Information
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
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