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
The Physics of Star Trek
Speaker: Lawrence M. Krauss
Date: 2003-03-12
New Eyes for Space Exploration: Upgrading the Hubble Space Telescope
Speaker: John M. Grunsfeld
Date: 2002-10-03
The World's Numerical Recipe
Speaker: Frank Wilczek
Date: 2002-04-03
Building Things With Atoms: A Report From The Small Frontier
Speaker: Don Eigler
Date: 2001-12-12
You Say You Want a Revolution: Planetary Systems Different from Our Own
Speaker: Geoffrey W. Marcy
Date: 2001-10-17
This Particular Elegant Universe: How Do We Measure It?
Speaker: Melissa Eve Bronwen Franklin
Date: 2001-01-31
Mr. Feynman's Quantum Mechanics: A Field Guide for Curious Characters
Speaker: Steven M. Girvin
Date: 2000-11-01
The Future of Gravity
Speaker: James B. Hartle
Date: 2000-04-12
Einstein's Clocks: High Theory and Lowly Technology
Speaker: Peter Galison
Date: 1999-11-10
Science and the Mind
Speaker: Roger Penrose
Date: 1999-05-12