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
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
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