Full Festival Programs

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To Explain the World: A Conversation With Steven Weinberg

01/19/16See Comments

How did humanity invent science? In this program from the 2015 World Science Festival, Nobel Prize-winning physicist and revered public intellectual Steven Weinberg explores this...[Read More]

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Ripples From the Big Bang: Listening to the Beginning of Time

01/11/16See Comments

In March 2014, scientists working on the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole reported an incredible discovery: a swirling pattern in the cosmic background radiation...[Read More]

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Wizards of Odds

12/29/15See Comments

Probability is the backbone of science, but how well do you understand it? Odds are, not as well as you think; it is a surprisingly...[Read More]

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Free Will Vs. the Brain: Who’s in Charge?

10/08/15See Comments

Do we make conscious decisions? Or are all of our actions predetermined? And if we don’t have free will, are we responsible for what we...[Read More]

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Science & Story With Skloot, Stephenson, Fagin, Ackerman, Quammen

10/06/15See Comments

From diseases and disasters to the miracles wrought by evolution, the environmental forces that shape our lives are the inspiration for countless science writers. This...[Read More]

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What Explains Our Human Uniqueness?

09/24/15See Comments

For all that Darwin contributed to our understanding of the biological world, he was haunted by one vexing question: How does the incremental process of...[Read More]

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Planet of the Humans: The Leap to the Top

09/04/15See Comments

For all that Darwin contributed to our understanding of the biological world, he was haunted by one vexing question: How does the incremental process of...[Read More]

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Time Is of the Essence … or Is It?

08/06/15See Comments

What is time? Isaac Newton described it as absolute, but Einstein proved that time is relative, and, shockingly, that time and space are intricately interwoven....[Read More]

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Reality Since Einstein

07/23/15See Comments

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, leaders from multiple fields of physics discuss its essential insights, its lingering questions,...[Read More]

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To Infinity and Beyond: The Accelerating Universe

07/15/15See Comments

Dark energy is cosmology’s biggest mystery—an anti-gravitational force that confounds the conventional laws of physics. It makes up more than two-thirds of the cosmos, but...[Read More]