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Saturday, June 13, 2009
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 13, 2009
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Saturday, June 13, 2009
7:00 pm - 7:00 am
Saturday, June 13, 2009
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday, June 12, 2009
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday, June 12, 2009
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday, June 12, 2009
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday, June 12, 2009
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday, June 12, 2009
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, June 12, 2009
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday, June 12, 2009
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday, June 12, 2009
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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ModeratorAlan Alda
ParticipantsHugh Herr, Dean Kamen

Alan Alda explores the nature of creative breakthroughs with innovators Dean Kamen, holder of more than 440 U.S. patents, and Hugh Herr, Director of the MIT Biomechatronics lab. The instant of inspiration can be as unpredictable as lightening, but true innovators create optimum conditions for transformative insights. What does it take to throw out conventional approaches to a problem and come up with something entirely new? Join us for a discussion about curiosity, passion, perseverance, collaboration and discovery. Before the discussion, join Alan Alda for a screening of the film Flash of Genius, based on the true story of college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns’ long battle with the U.S. automobile industry to receive recognition for his ingenuity at any price.

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Albert Einstein shattered previous ideas about time, but left many pivotal questions unanswered: Does time have a beginning? An end? Why does it move in only one direction? Is it real, or something our minds impose on reality? Journalist John Hockenberry leads a distinguished panel, including renowned physicist Sir Roger Penrose and prominent philosopher David Albert, as they explore the nature of time. This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation. 

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ParticipantsRobert Anderson

Peak Experience is the ultimate sleepover adventure for forty children, ages 9-12, as they work together to confront the challenges of climbing Mt. Everest. Led by Robert Anderson, sherpas, and some of the world’s most experienced climbers, these young participants will explore the many scientific aspects of mountain climbing — from the physiological demands to the physics.

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ModeratorPaul Nurse

Do we choose our actions or are they pre-determined? Is free will real or an illusion? In this special presentation with the 92nd Street Y, Nobel laureate Paul Nurse joins psychologist Daniel Wegner, neuroscientist Patrick Haggard, and philosopher Alfred Mele for a discussion that promises to illuminate this pivotal and perplexing age-old puzzle. This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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One of the great mysteries in the art world is the disappearance of a mural by Leonardo da Vinci. For centuries, “The Battle of Anghiari” was known as the “lost Leonardo” and believed to be destroyed. But now, using cutting-edge technology and art analysis, a bioengineer is convinced the work is hidden in the walls of the Palazzo Vecchio. ‘Da Vinci Detective’ Maurizio Seracini explains the technology and theories behind his quest. This event is free with admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

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ModeratorJohn Schaefer

Is our response to music hard-wired or culturally determined? Is the reaction to rhythm and melody universal or influenced by environment? Join host John Schaefer, scientist Daniel Levitin and musical artist Bobby McFerrin for live performances and cross cultural demonstrations to illustrate music’s note-worthy interaction with the brain and our emotions.

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ModeratorFaith Salie

Cast members from Battlestar Galactica join leading roboticists to explore scientifically, philosophically, and ethically the approaching frontier where intelligent machines are commonplace and cybernetic technology enhances human capabilities. Featuring sneak previews from the forthcoming Battlestar special The Plan as well as live appearances by some of the show’s star cylons.

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ModeratorAndy Borowitz

Presented with New York’s storytelling organization, The Moth, Nobel-prize-winning scientists, renowned writers and esteemed artists tell on-stage stories about their personal relationship with science. In keeping with Moth tradition, each story must be true and told without notes in ten minutes. The result is a poignant, hilarious, and always unpredictable evening of storytelling and science.

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ModeratorCarl Zimmer

Beneath WALL-E’s whimsical surface lies a grown up, cautionary tale about humanity’s relationship with the environment. Carl Zimmer hosts leading scientists Mitchell Joachim, Christopher McKay and Ben Schwegler as they explore ingenious strategies for creating a sustainable future — from ‘carborexic’ cities made entirely from recycled trash to how the pursuit of “green” space exploration may one day help to revolutionize waste management here on Earth.

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ModeratorAlan Alda

Though many animals display cooperative behavior, human cooperation is distinct. Alan Alda hosts E.O. Wilson, Sarah Hrdy and other leading evolutionary biologists, anthropologists and humanitarians as they examine the origins and evolution of human cooperative behavior. This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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ModeratorCarl Zimmer

Witness the power of legendary National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting’s breathtaking images of life on Earth from its earliest beginnings to its present diversity, and hear his incredible stories of how they were created. Lanting and his partner, Chris Eckstrom, present excerpts from their extraordinary multimedia project, LIFE: A Journey Through Time, and sit down for a discussion with leading paleontologists Michael Novacek (American Museum of Natural History) and Derek Briggs (Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History).

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ModeratorEmily Levine

Strip away the trimmings of a traditional science presentation, add cocktails, and you have the WSF Spotlight. An intimate, cabaret-style setting provides an unobstructed glimpse into the minds of some of the world’s most inspired thinkers. It’s a science happy-hour featuring cutting edge science and one-of-a-kind talks that promise to entertain, engage and enlighten.

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