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
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
Spacetime Warps and the Quantum: A Glimpse of the Future
Speaker: Kip S. Thorne
Date: 1999-02-24
Pictures, Models, Approximations and Reality: Phase Transitions and Our Understanding of the Physical World
Speaker: Michael E. Fisher
Date: 1998-11-04
A New Form Of Matter: Bose-Einstein Condensation and the Atom Laser
Speaker: Wolfgang Ketterle
Date: 1998-04-01
Duality, Space-Time and Quantum Mechanics
Speaker: Edward Witten
Date: 1997-11-12
Taking Measure of the Universe: How Big? How Old? How Do We Know?
Speaker: Robert Kirshner
Date: 1997-11-12
The Quark and the Jaguar: from Simplicity to Complexity
Speaker: Murray Gell-Mann
Date: 1997-05-04
Towards a Theory of Everything
Speaker: David Gross
Date: 1997-03-05