Inquisitive By Nature? Check Out This Awesome Lecture Series

By: Nicole Darman 06/10/2016 3:06PM
Category: Learning

Have you ever wanted to hear from expert communicators about some of life’s long standing mysteries? Or are you simply interested in how physics and philosophy intersect? The New York Academy of Science (NYAS) has got you covered with a six part lecture series, The Physics of Everything, that has already begun captivating minds of all ages. This series brings together some of the greatest minds from fields such as science, ethics, education, and philosophy to help understand the reality and spirituality associated with human existence.

“...We bring together world-class thinkers as our panelists and scientifically curious people as our audience, and the magic is in their interactions both during the events and afterward at the receptions.”

Jennifer Costley, Director, Physical Sciences, Sustainability & Engineering

The series thus far

Four out the six lectures have already been delivered with overwhelming, positive responses. The vibrant lecture series began by deliberating the rise of the human consciousness. This was followed by a healthy debate on whether the study of complex systems is helping or hindering traditional physics, which was then followed by a session on how physics and philosophy intersect. More recently, several prominent physicists and cosmologists explored the limits of our ability to learn about the universe, a video excerpt of which is below.

In a recent post by NYAS, it was stated that it is audience participation that makes the events such a success. George Musser, PhD, Contributing Editor at Scientific American and a moderator of several Physics of Everything events, says, "From a speaker's point of view, what distinguishes these Academy events from other public events of the sort is really the quality of the questions in the Q&A, and then the discussion we have over at the crudités. It's fun getting that kind of feedback from people and that's what really makes it enjoyable for us."

Credit: “Complexity: A Science of the Future?” Jennifer Costley, New York Academy of Sciences

Fortunately, the series isn’t over yet! There is still time to participate in two more captivating lectures.

Monday, June 13 - Are We Alone in the Universe?

Join the discussion as a panel of physicists and philosophers ask one of the biggest questions known to man while also exploring other areas, such as the effects our knowledge has on future scientific and technological pursuits on Earth and in space, as well as how science informs human ethics.

Wednesday, June 29 - Did Einstein Kill Schrödinger's Cat? A Quantum State of Mind

In the left corner, we have Einstein. In the right, Schrödinger. Quantum theory vs. general relativity. Friends, foes, or something more? This panel looks at how these two theories may become intertwined to upend some of the time-tested fundamental theories in physics. 

For those of you not in the New York area, the lectures are available via livestream for free. 

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Posted on: 06/10/16 3:06PM
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