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In this 2007 photo provided by the BBC, Neurologist Oliver Sacks poses at a piano while holding a model of a brain at the Chemistry Auditorium, University College London in London.  Noted neurologist Oliver Sacks has found common ground with the pastor of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church: Both men believe in the healing power of music. Sacks, the best-selling author of "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," was to share the church stage Saturday with the famed gospel choir as part of the inaugural World Science Festival, a five-day celebration of science taking place in New York this week. (AP Photo/BBC, Adam Scourfield) ** NO SALES **

Remembering Acclaimed Neurologist and Author Oliver Sacks

08/31/15See Comments

The neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks was a great friend of the World Science Festival, joining our Board of Advisors when the Festival was just...[Read More]

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The Unique Form of Human Violence

08/27/15See Comments

2015 Festival Short: From Planet of the Humans | 2:52 | Featuring Paul Bingham Some scientists argue that human uniqueness results from our power as...[Read More]

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Humans Are Weird—Here’s How

08/20/15See Comments

2015 Festival Short: From Planet of the Humans | 3:54 | Featuring Steven Pinker Humans have a number of unusual traits that set us apart...[Read More]

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Why Are Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity in Conflict?

08/13/15See Comments

There’s an inherent tension between the views of reality described by quantum mechanics and the picture painted by general relativity. World Science Festival co-founder and...[Read More]

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How Can Math Describe Everyday Objects?

08/07/15See Comments

How can the abstract language of mathematics describe everyday objects? In this video, World Science Festival co-founder and Columbia University physicist Brian Greene discusses how...[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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If the Sun Disappeared, What Would Be the First Sign?

08/05/15See Comments

World Science Festival co-founder and Columbia University physicist Brian Greene entertains an interesting thought experiment: If the sun suddenly winked out of existence, how would...[Read More]

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Keeping Time With Einstein

08/04/15See Comments

Time, on its face—or even on a clock’s face—seems relatively straightforward: One second follows the next, an inexorable progression. But if you ask a physicist...[Read More]

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Imagining Other Universes

07/30/15See Comments

If parallel universes exist, would they be just like ours or different? World Science Festival co-founder and Columbia University physicist Brian Greene speculates about some of...[Read More]

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What Is Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle?

07/29/15See Comments

One of the foundations of quantum mechanics is Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, which describes how we are limited in what we can know about particles at particular points...[Read More]