World Science Festival Media Hub

The World Science Festival is a production of the Science Festival Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in New York City. The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.

This five-day festival, from Wednesday, May 28th—Sunday, June 1st, celebrates science with original programming that includes free events for young innovators, scientists-in-the-making, and families – as well as discourse, debate, theater, exhibitions, and social experiences that transform the city and bring the world’s leading scientists in direct contact with the broader public.

View a list of this year’s festival participants and programs.
View the Youth & Family highlights video and World Science Festival Highlights from 2013.

May 28, 2014  Opening Day Press Release:

7th Annual World Science Festival Opens Today [PDF]

May 1, 2014  Press Release:

7th Annual World Science Festival Announces 2014 Program [PDF]

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World Science Festival Videos for Press:

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What They’re Saying About The World Science Festival:

  • Eyewitnesses Exposed: Odds Are You’d ID the Wrong Man City Limits (September 24, 2014)
  • If You Had Been In This Room, You Too Might Have Accused These Innocent Men Huffington Post (September 18, 2014)
  • Watch Eyewitnesses Accuse Five Innocent Men of a Crime New York Magazine (September 18, 2014)
  • Could You ID a Criminal Seconds After Witnessing His Crime? Boston Globe (September 18, 2014)
  • See Eyewitness Testimony Fail – Right Before Your Eyes Pacific Standard (September 16, 2014)
  • Brian Greene Discusses His New Video-Centric Online Educational Platform Interactive TV Today (August 24, 2014)
  • Online “World Science U” Offers Physics Instruction at Several Levels Physics Today (August 24, 2014)
  • Science on Demand Symmetry Magazine (August 7, 2014)
  • International Space Station’s Place in the Global POV of the World Science Festival NASA (June 27, 2014)
  • In the Flame Challenge, Neuroscientist and Artist Bevil Conway Explains the Surprising Nature of Color Wellesley College (June 26, 2014)
  • The Science Behind the World’s Tastiest Chocolate The Week (June 25, 2014)
  • Imaging an Exoplanet with a Flower-Power Star Shade ArsTechnica (June 19, 2014)
  • How Far Can We Tinker With the Human Brain? Rappler (June 18, 2014)
  • The 7th Annual World Science Festival Adventures in Poor Taste (June 15, 2014)
  • DNews Interview With NASA’s Bobak Ferdowsi! DNews (June 14, 2014)
  • A ‘Comet’ Lands in Brooklyn Discovery.com (June 9, 2014)
  • The Most Fun Way For Kids To Learn About Science! DNews (June 9, 2014)
  • “Approximately 100 beer enthusiasts packed into an event hall at the laboriously cool Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, New York’s Williamsburg section for a World Science Festival presentation on the history of beer.”
    The Science of Booze Newsweek (June 6, 2014)
  • A Second Nobel for Jack Szostak? Huffington Post (June 3, 2014)
  • “At Sunday’s event, as the World Science Festival was drawing to a close, Alda invited scientists, artists, children and even a synesthete to come on stage and help explain color.”
    What Is Color? Kids Pick the Winner in Alan Alda’s Flame Challenge NBC News (June 3, 2014)
  • “Booths on everything under the stars and beyond gave kids and adults an up close and personal understanding about the world around them.”
    Manhattan Street Fair Really Shoots for the Stars NY1 News (June 3, 2014)
  • Alan Alda Congratulates Stony Brook University’s Flame Challenge Winners Hamptons.com (June 3, 2014)
  • “You could have heard a pin drop in the NYU auditorium as Rees answered the students’ questions. The room was a veritable United Nations.”
    Getting Kids Psyched About Science New York Post (June 3, 2014)
  • Genetic genealogy: Looking for the faces of our ancestors in DNA BBC News (June 3, 2014)
  • Einstein in Love: Letters Illuminate Genius’ Dark Side LiveScience (June 3, 2014)
  • Jack Szostak: “Life in Lab” In 3 – 5 Years Scoop (June 3, 2014)
  • Do We Have Too Few Scientists Or Too Many? Forbes (June 3, 2014)
  • William Shakespeare, Astronomer: How Galileo Influenced the Bard BrainPickings (June 3, 2014)
  • Paralyzed, Yet Walking ScienceLine (June 3, 2014)
  • “More than 27,000 schoolchildren from 19 countries helped pick the winners from nearly 400 entries, Alda told a packed auditorium at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.”
    Kids’ Choice: Winners of Alan Alda’s ‘What Is Color’ Challenge Announced LiveScience (June 2, 2014)
  • Your Brain in 2050: A Mishmash of Biology and Implants? LiveScience (June 2, 2014)
  • Lessons From the Woman Who Discovered the BRCA Cancer Gene Time (June 2, 2014)
  • Brooklyn’s Mast Brothers Plan London Expansion Inc (June 2, 2014)
  • What Is Color? Join the World Science Festival for a Sunday Chat Boing Boing (June 1, 2014)
  • “Greene assembled a park full drones, a basketball-launching robot and a mechanized fish to show thousands of visitors why science mattered-a mission he called vital to the future of mankind.”
    7th Annual World Science Festival My Fox NY (June 1, 2014)
  • “Get a little science on your Sunday.”
    Today Is The Last Day Of The World Science Festival, Catch The Final Livestreams Right Here Geekosystem (June 1, 2014)
  • The World Science Festival Is Still Happening! Watch Today’s Events Live Right Here Geekosystem (May 31, 2014)
  • Weekend Staff Picks: Doubles, Streetcars, Records & Aliens WNYC (May 31, 2014)
  • “Get out your telescope (or come borrow one of ours) for a night of urban stargazing and live music as we celebrate the dance of the planets.”
    World Science Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park Dumbo NYC (May 30, 2014)
  • New York Today: Go Play Outside The New York Times (May 30, 2014)
  • “The dynamic installation, along with this year’s World Science Festival, will be on display in Brooklyn Bridge Park until June 1st.”
    Replica Comet Crashes Brooklyn for World Science Festival NBC News (May 30, 2014)
  • “There is a bounty of events planned for the weekend: A deep-dive into the physics of chocolate; a peek at the bionic future; and a discussion of the science of color moderated by actor Alan Alda.”
    Stargazing, Celebrity Authors, Weather and More AM New York (May 30, 2014)
  • This Week In Science The Huffington Post (May 30, 2014)
  • Dogfish Head’s Latest Innovation Is 3,500 Years Old Inc. (May 30, 2014)
  • 7 Predictions for Your Brain in 2050 Inc. (May 30, 2014)
  • “Let Science Be Your Date Tonight.”
    The World Science Festival Continues Through the Weekend, Watch Today’s Events Live Right Here Geekosystem (May 30, 2014)
  • “Beaming in from Oslo via the web, officials of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters invaded the World Science Festival in New York on Thursday to announce that nine scientists had won this year’s Kavli prizes.”
    Nine Scientists Are Awarded Kavli Prizes The New York Times (May 29, 2014)
  • For the Love of Science With Alan Alda The Brian Lehrer Show (May 29, 2014)
  • Paul Rudd: Science Geek US Weekly (May 29, 2014)
  • “Some astronauts will discuss their work and what it’s like to fly in space, while others will help New Yorkers look up at the stars from the Brooklyn waterfront.”
    Astronauts and Space Scientists Invade NYC for 2014 World Science Festival Space.com (May 29, 2014)
  • ‘Cosmic Inflation’ Pioneers Snag Prestigious Kavli Prize NBC News (May 29, 2014)
  • Nine Scientists Awarded Kavli Prize UPI (May 29, 2014)
  • 85 Degrees, 100 Percent Free The New York Times (May 29, 2014)
  • “Every year the World Science Festival culminates in this amazing family street fair in Washington Square Park, featuring tons of hands-on activities and experiments.”
    Best Things to Do with NYC Kids: June Go List Mommy Poppins (May 29, 2014)
  • “The communications convey the pair’s early romance and later personal complexities, all the while suggesting that the true love of Albert Einstein’s life was science.”
    Paul Rudd Reads Einstein’s Letters on Stage at World Science Festival Classicalite (May 29, 2014)
  • “NYC residents will be able to celebrate all things related to science and the implications of scientific discovery for our future.”
    World Science Festival Returns To NYC This Week Science Recorder (May 29, 2014)
  • “Nine pioneering scientists have been named this year’s recipients of the Kavli Prizes — prizes that recognize scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.”
    Ebbesen, Hell and Pendry share 2014 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience Nano Werk (May 29, 2014)
  • A Massive Comet Lands in Brooklyn (Well, Sorta) Mashable (May 29, 2014)
  • “The World Science Festival is coming to New York with a program jam-packed full of scientific goodness for folks of all ages.”
    Daily 5: Early Morning Rave, Trippy Art from Lee Bul, World Science Festival, More NewYork.com (May 28, 2014)
  • “First started in 2008, the World Science Festival is an annual event that’s been hailed by the NYT as a “new cultural institution,” and has hosted notable thinkers like Stephen Hawking, Oliver Sacks, Walter Isaacson, Mary Claire-King, and others.”
    Watch The 7th Annual World Science Festival Livestream This Weekend Geekosystem (May 28, 2014)
  • World Science Festival stops in Dumbo at Brooklyn Bridge Park Brooklyn 12 News (May 28, 2014)
  • “The World Science Festival 2014 offers a slate of exciting new programs and old favorites this year, all aimed at unlocking the beauty and complexity of science for everyone.”
    2014 World Science Festival NYC.GOV (May 28,2014)
  • NASA’s Mission to Land on Comet The Weather Channel (May 28, 2014)
  • Weather Tank Demonstration at World Science Festival The Weather Channel (May 28, 2014)
  • Make A Tornado in Your Home The Weather Channel (May 28, 2014)
  • What is Aerogel? The Weather Channel (May 28, 2014)
  • Inside the I.S.S. The Weather Channel (May 28, 2014)
  • Alan Alda’s Dear Albert, Featuring Paul Rudd and Cynthia Nixon, Will Kick Off World Science Festival Playbill (May 28, 2014)
  • “The festival features panel discussions on everything from the future of brain-machine interfaces to the physics of chocolate. “
    World Science Festival: Live Webcast Guide LiveScience (May 28, 2014)
  • “In today’s world, science and storytelling have become partners. Together they provide an history of our past, a prediction of our future, and an explainer of what’s happening in the world around us right now.”
    Alan Alda and Brian Greene on the 2014 World Science Festival The Takeaway (May 28, 2014)
  • “The 2014 World Science Festival kicks off today and its goal is to get young people more interested in science.”
    2014 World Science Festival Starts Today NY1 News (May 28, 2014)
  • “Science and technology enthusiasts are heading to Downtown Brooklyn this week for the return of the World Science Festival.”
    Science Hacks, Stargazing Come To Brooklyn For World Science Festival Brooklyn Daily Eagle (May 28, 2014)
  • “The reading of Albert Einstein’s letters will serve to show Albert Einstein as a human with personal interests, but it will also share Einstein’s thoughts about his own unprecedented discoveries in science.”
    Albert Einstein Comes Alive For World Science Festival Inquisitr (May 28, 2014)
  • WSF Co-Founder Tracy Day on The Weather Channel The Weather Channel (May 28, 2014)
  • “The seventh annual celebration of all things fun and deductive takes place at locations all over the city with panels, performances, movies, parties, and experiments galore.”
    World Science Festival Voice Places (May 28, 2014)
  • “Leading scientists, artists and thinkers from around the world will convene here this week for the World Science Festival, a five-day event that celebrates “the beauty and complexity of science.”
    World Science Fest Spotlights the Brain, Big Bang & More LiveScience (May 27, 2014)
  • Science ‘Goes To The Core Of Who We Are’ NOW With Alex Wagner (May 27, 2014)
  • “The science-palooza includes about 70 panel discussions, demonstrations, teach-ins, games and contests involving topics from astronomy to zoology involving experts from all over the world.”
    World Science Festival Starts Wednesday AM New York (May 27, 2014)
  • Best Tech Events This Week Beta Beat (May 27, 2014)
  • “The 7th annual World Science Festival has hit New York City and is calling all young innovators, scientists-in-the-making, and families to celebrate the wonders of science in unique and thrilling ways.”
    The 7th Annual World Science Festival Returns Tomorrow Downtown Magazine (May 27, 2014)
  • Alan Alda is on a mission to make us love science AM New York (May 27, 2014)
  • Brian Greene and the Challenges of Physics RocketStem (May 27, 2014)
  • “When it comes to suspense, it’s hard to compete with nature itself.”
    Science Events: Folded Paper, Kitchen Science and the World Science Festival The New York Times (May 26, 2014)
  • “Explore cutting-edge science experiments on the International Space Station, blast off in an aerospace simulator, launch your own balloon rocket racer or build the fins on a robotic fish and race it against other robo-swimmers.”
    The Ultimate Guide to NYC’s Best Summer Festivals Red Tricycle (May 25, 2014)
  • “Don’t let that seven letter word scare you, the World Science Festival is an exciting adventure for anyone who has ever been interested in the way things work.”
    Editor’s Pick: World Science Festival Flavorpill (May 25, 2014)
  • “The five-day citywide gathering showcases the world of science in unique ways.”
    Goings on About Town: Above and Beyond The New Yorker (May 25, 2014)
  • “The Washington Square Park street fair absolutely, positively, cannot be missed by any self-respecting science-loving family in the tri-state area.”
    New York City Kids Weekend Events: May 30-June 1 Red Tricycle (May 25, 2014)
  • “A spacecraft named Rosetta is slated to rendezvous with the comet this summer after the comet’s 3.7 billion-mile journey, but you can take a subway to see the Brooklyn model, which is one-thousandth the size of the real thing.”
    A Comet Lands in Brooklyn New York Post (May 23, 2014)
  • “One of the first festivals of the season explores the beauty of particle physics, cosmology and mathematics, showcased at the World Science Festival.”
    What to Do in New York City in Summer 2014 The New York Times (May 22, 2014)
  • Brian Greene Lets His Wife Do the Drinking New York Magazine (May 21, 2014)
  • “With topics such as the bionic body, the human experience of time and the quantum measurement problem, the festival offers something for a wide audience—from the child who hopes to become an astronaut to postdocs and professors.”
    World Science Festival 2014 Cool Hunting (May 21, 2014)
  • “Dear Albert delves into the treasure trove of letters written by Einstein, tracing an intimate and unfamiliar line across his life and work.”
    Paul Rudd, Cynthia Nixon and Francesca Faridany Set to Lead Dear Albert Broadway World (May 19, 2014)
  • Weird science: Paul Rudd to play Einstein in a new play by Alan Alda Time Out New York (May 19, 2014)
  • “Paul Rudd is taking on the ultimate high-I.Q. role: Albert Einstein.”
    Paul Rudd to Play Einstein at World Science Festival The New York Times Artsbeat (May 18,2014)
  • “There are several cool new attractions with lots of kid appeal, like a traveling NASA exhibit, a giant animated weather globe at NYU, a replica of a comet in Brooklyn Bridge Park, plus face time with real-life scientists and astronauts.”
    World Science Festival: Free Science Street Fair, Hands-on Workshops for Kids & a Discount for Cool Ticketed Events Mommy Poppins (May 18, 2014)
  • “As if you needed another reason to visit New York City, the World Science Festival 2014 held at the end of this month may inspire you to pack your getaway bag.”
    The World Science Festival 2014 Mrs. Robinson (May 8, 2014)
  • “Whether you’re interested in genetics, astrophysics, or even the possibilities of alien life, this year’s fest has something worth knowing for everyone.”
    The 7th Annual ‘World Science Festival’ Is Coming To NYC RoadTrippers (May 2, 2014)
  • “WSF brings together a just-right mix of star power from various disciplines of science and further-flung fields for a tasty smorgasbord of panel discussions, lectures, film screenings and other activities.”
    Don’t Miss May Events NYCGO (April 8, 2014)

2013 Press

  • “Ecologists and oceanographers will ask what whales can reveal about Arctic melting, doctors will speculate on the future of nanomedicine, and cosmologists will examine the nature of time.”
    World Science Festival; Cicada Songs; Coffee, DeconstructedThe New York Times (May 6, 2013)
  • “Alan Alda will headline talks at the World Science Festival.”
    A Concrete Plane, the ‘Nectar Mops’ of Bats and MoreThe New York Times (May 13, 2013)
  • “Mr. Rothenberg will perform again on June 1 during the World Science Festival, participating in a cicada-related event at the New York Botanical Garden.”
    A Concert 17 Years in the MakingThe New York Times (May 21, 2013)
  • “Food and science have gone together since before Isaac Newton, so it’s no surprise that several sessions are devoted to food at the World Science Festival.”
    Front Burner—“To Learn: It’s O.K. to Play With Your Food”The New York Times (May 28, 2013)
  • “Comparing walrus and warthog teeth, coding a computer game and making music with cicadas are among the unusual children’s activities at this annual festival, whose investigations range from below the earth to distant galaxies.”
    Spare Times for Children for May 31-June 6The New York Times (May 30, 2013)
  • “There are a few acts of nature, such as the passage of Halley’s comet or the transit of Venus, that are so rare and so dramatic as to seem like metaphors for the virtues of patience itself…the arrival of the 17-year cicadas may be the grossest.”
    An Invasion of 17-Year-Olds, Loud, Lusty and Six-LeggedThe New York Times (June 7, 2013)
  • “As it happens, Koch, McGinn, and I will be discussing these questions at the World Science Festival at N.Y.U., the site of one of Woody Allen’s most famous stand-up lines: ‘I was thrown out of N.Y.U. in my freshman year for cheating on my metaphysics exam,’ he says, because ‘I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.’”
    The Riddle of ConsciousnessThe New Yorker (May 28, 2013)
  • “Maxime Bilet’s ‘Noble Roots’ dish contained roasted, caramelized and glazed roots, pressure-cooked seeds and aromatic carotene oil.”
    A Meeting of Food and Science MindsThe Wall Street Journal (June 2, 2013)
  • “The event was the first dinner of its kind for the World Science Festival, now in its sixth year, attracting celebrities including ‘Modern Family’ star Sofía Vergara and ‘Chopped’ host Ted Allen.”
    Testing and Tasting the Science of FoodThe Wall Street Journal (June 2, 2013)
  • “We boarded a ferry bound for that distant fifth borough…Hosted by the Staten Island Museum, the evening promised insect-themed beverages and a thorough education on the 17-year cicadas’ mysterious breeding habits.”
    Insects Party: How Cicadas Get Their Freak OnNew York Observer (June 4, 2013)
  • “Shhh: Your kids might actually learn something while having fun at this five‐day educational celebration.”
    World Science FestivalTime Out New York Kids (April 22, 2013)
  • “The Ultimate Science Street Fair…turns Washington Square Park into an interactive outdoor laboratory…the one day of the year where even the artsiest wee ones can become astrophysicists- and archaeologists-in-training.”
    Best things to do at the World Science Festival 2013Time Out New York Kids (May 29, 2013)
  • “Young scientists-in-training came out in droves for the Ultimate Science Street Fair on Sunday, June 2, in Washington Square Park…Kids of all ages flexed their scientific muscles with hands-on experiments and games like anti-gravity simulations and a make-your-own perfume project.”
    See photos from the Ultimate Science Street FairTime Out New York Kids (June 3, 2013)
  • “The World Science Festival gives kids a chance to get hands-on experience with science…. This year’s event featured nine workshops that allowed kids to interact with scientists and learn more about what they do.”
    Spotlight on ScienceTime for Kids (June 7, 2013)
  • “The nature of time, like the nature of a flame, is easy to experience but tricky to explain scientifically — and that’s exactly why the Flame Challenge took on time as the subject of its second annual contest for explanations that would make sense to 11-year-olds.”
    ‘What is time?’ These grade-school explanations take the prizeNBC News (June 3, 2013)
  • “‘Spooky Action…’ is Brian Greene’s entrancing journey through the history of the elusive and apparently hyperkinetic electron particle from 1897 to the present. Greene has a knack for explaining complex theories in plain language.”
    Star Physicist’s Spooky Drama; Malkovich’s Casanova: ReviewBloomberg Businessweek (May 31, 2013)
  • “Let out your inner geek—Brian Greene’s 6th Annual World Science Festival is underway, bringing together experts in such varied fields as quantum mechanics, nanomedicine, infinity and consciousness.”
    NYC Weekend: Malkovich’s Casanova, Billy Idol, Lang LangBloomberg Businessweek (May 31, 2013)
  • “The once-every-17-years arrival of these Magicicadas is a rare and beautiful event, something that above all must be experienced to be understood.”
    Tuning In to the Music of CicadasThe Huffington Post (May 24, 2013)
  • “I have the honor of moderating an incredible panel discussion at the NY Historical Society as part of the World Science Festival. We will be looking at the progress that has been made to understand AIDS, how that was accomplished, and what it will take to finally end the AIDS epidemic.”
    30 Years in the Fight Against AIDSThe Huffington Post (May 30, 2013)
  • “Is science literature an essential tool for democratizing research, or is it a relic of a pre-internet age? During the excellent World Science Festival…I sensed this unspoken question percolating …and I was intrigued.”
    Lunch Date Dilemma: Little Black Book of Scientists or Little Colorful Book of Sci-lit?The Huffington Post (June 25, 2013)
  • “We got a chance to taste some re-created ancient brews at The Bell House thanks to the World Science Festival….They recreate ancient beers based on molecular analysis of containers found at archaeological sites.”
    Here’s What 9,000-Year-Old Beers Taste LikeBusiness Insider (June 4, 2013)
  • “One day, we might sue our grandparents for their bad habits. Journalist Bill Blakemore and three scientists gathered to discuss this emerging field of research—called epigenetics—at the World Science Festival.”
    Everything We Do Is Reprogramming Our GenomeBusiness Insider (June 7, 2013)
  • “A new world of science is emerging — one where average people are encouraged to participate, relying on help from a web-based community of amateur and professional scientists to initiate and build their own science projects online.”
    The Coolest Projects We Saw At NYC’s First Science Hack DayBusiness Insider (June 8, 2013)
  • “Thousands of years before Germany laid down its beer law, humans in every great civilization were experimenting with booze and letting their inebriated imaginations soar.”
    Getting Drunk Like the Ancients DidPopular Mechanics (May 31, 2013)
  • “Infinity: The word itself belies the immensity of the concept that philosophers, mathematicians, theologians, and physicists have grappled with for thousands of years…At the World Science Festival in New York, a panel of experts tried to grapple with this slippery concept.”
    A Brief History of InfinitiesPopular Mechanics (June 3, 2013)
  • “A panel of experts at the World Science Festival here in New York parsed through challenges such undertakings pose for science and technology.”
    4 Hurdles to Making a Digital Human BrainLiveScience (June 1, 2013)
  • “Someday soon, judgments of guilt or innocence in a courtroom might be determined from a brain scan…But how reliable is the science, and should it determine criminal fate? A panel of scientists and legal experts discussed these issues at the World Science Festival.”
    Brain Images Could Reveal GuiltDiscovery (June 4, 2013)
  • “Fans of Brian Greene’s NOVA programs…will no doubt enjoy what amounts to a 90-minute live episode. Kicking off the 2013 World Science Festival, the show…provides an entertaining and thought-provoking journey through the strange reality of quantum mechanics.”
    Spooky Action on Broadway: A Quantum Drama by Brian GreeneScientific American (May 30, 2013)
  • “If you happen to be in New York this week, check out the World Science Festival co-founded by Brian Greene!”
    On The Verge with ‘The Elegant Universe’ author Brian GreeneThe Verge (May 29, 2013)
  • “Actor Alan Alda has been a strong proponent of science and science education. He returned to Good Day NY on Friday along with scientist Brian Greene to talk about the 6th Annual World Science Festival underway across New York City.”
    World Science FestivalGood Day New York (May 29, 2013)
  • “It’s not easy to popularize theoretical physics, but Brian Greene, one of the world’s best-known scientists, has managed to do just that. Greene, a best-selling author, co-founded the World Science Festival, an annual event to inspire and engage the public in scientific research.”
    Science education is failing to inspire students, says physicist Brian GreeneMPR News (May 29, 2013)
  • “A night of nanospectacular wonders, hosted by Robert Krulwich, live from the World Science Festival…Watch below, and join two Radiolab producers for a live chat.”
    Live video and chat: Cellular SurgeonsRadiolab (May 30, 2013)
  • “Watch an interdisciplinary group of thinkers grapple with the meaning of infinity in this World Science Festival event from New York University.”
    Does Infinity Really Exist?Scientific American (May 31, 2013)

2012 Press

  • “My experience as a scientist is that, in order to push the boundaries of knowledge, you need to go where people tell you not to go.”
    My Father’s Day wish: Curious childrenCNN (June 13, 2012)
  • “What we usually think about when we think about vaccines is our own immunity. But what we need to think about is vaccines as a global immune system.”
    Researchers at Annual Science Fest Hail Universal VaccinesForbes (June 5, 2012)
  • “For all of Google’s intelligence, it is still simply learning by rote – just recalling and matching patterns in the information pumped into it.”
    Why Google is nowhere near as clever as a rat – but one day, even your smartphone will be smarter than youDaily Mail (June 5, 2012)
  • “In terms of computational ability, even the most-powerful computers in the world are just approaching that of an insect.”
    A Rat is Smarter Than GoogleYahoo! News (June 4, 2012)
  • “I would be happy in my lifetime to build a machine as intelligent as a rat.”
    Is a rat smarter than Google? That’s what two AI experts say
    MSNBC.com (June 4, 2012)
  • “Science can be fun and exciting, right? Well, when you explain it like experts at the World Science Festival do, children say it can be amazing.”
    NYC Plays Host To World Science Festival
    NY1 (June 2, 2012)
  • “The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.”
    Alan Alda and Dr. Harold Varmus on the World Science FestivalThe Leonard Lopate Show (June 1, 2012)
  • “What new technological and cultural forms will we need to acquire to cope with a water-scarce future?”
    ‘Surface Tension’ Show At Eyebeam NYC Gallery Spotlights Water, Design
    The Huffington Post (June 2, 2012)
  • “How do you get what’s known through science to be understood by the public?”
    World Science Festival
    Good Day NY (June 1, 2012)
  • “We sometimes think issues with water shortage is just something we just see in the developing world or sub-Saharan Africa but actually there are a lot of those issues a lot closer to home”
    Chelsea Exhibit Floods Viewers With New Uses For Water
    NY 1 (May 31, 2012)
  • “The evening’s host Alan Alda had spent an hour juggling presentations from Debra Monk, physicist Brian Greene, the MOMIX modern dance company, LeVar Burton and others.”
    The 2012 World Science Festival Gala: Our Alternate Universe Questions for LeVar Burton and Alan Alda
    The New York Observer (May 31, 2012)
  • “Alda has challenged scientists to explain a flame to an eleven year old, with a 6,000 eleven-year-olds worldwide serving as judges for the best explanatio”
    Alan Alda Talks Science With Stephen Colbert
    The Huffington Post (May 31, 2012)
  • “Actor Alan Alda discusses good business models, the World Science Festival and his international Flame Challenge.”
    Alan AldaThe Colbert Report (May 30, 2012)
  • “Alan Alda talks about The Flame Challenge from the 5th Annual World Science Festival.”
    Joan Hamburg ShowWOR Radio (May 30, 2012)
  • “Guests included LeVar Burton, Boaz Almog, Debra Monk and Alan Alda”
    2012 World Science Festival: 5th Anniversay Gala Celebration “A Performing Arts Salute to Science”
    Guest of a Guest (May 30, 2012)
  • “Lab skills were the hot social currency Tuesday night at a gala for this year’s World Science Festival.”
    Revenge of the Nerds at World Science FestivalThe Wall Street Journal (May 30, 2012)
  • “We have the most important scientists and the best communicators making science available to the public in an exciting way.”
    Alan Alda on the World Science FestivalThe Joan Hamburg Show (May 30, 2012)
  • “The kids, when they were judging [Alan Alda’s Flame Challenge], weren’t judging it based on what was the most entertaining answer, but what would they learn from it.”
    Alan Alda discusses the World Science Festival with Stephen ColbertThe Colbert Report (May 30, 2012)
  • “Performers included Joshua Bell, Paige Faure, Drew Gehling, Rose Hemingway, Debra Monk, Eryn Murman, James Naughton, Abbey O’Brien, Teal Wicks, and Yasmine Lee and Steven Ezra Marshall of Momix.”
    PHOTO FLASH: Alan Alda, Joshua Bell, LeVar Burton, Debra Monk at World Science Festival Gala
    Theater Mania (May 29, 2012)
  • “Robots are invading New York, and that’s not all!”
    World Science Festival in NYC
    PIX 11 (May 29, 2012)
  • “We want to shift science to the cultural center.”
    Getting your ‘geek’ on with the World Science Festival – physicist Brian Greene on the importance of making science ‘cool’
    CNN (May 29, 2012)
  • “If the robot is taking care of your dad when he’s old, are you being irresponsible?”
    New Sci-Fi Movie Creates Future Where Robots Are Servants
    NY1 (May 29, 2012)
  • “Time to get your geek on!”
    Festival Aims to Make Science ‘Cool’
    CNN (May 29, 2012)
  • “It’s a Greek tragedy of scientific proportions.”
    World Science Festival To Open With Re-Invention Of Icarus Tale
    NY1 (May 25, 2012)
  • “Dr. Greene wants you to know just how bizarre reality became in the last century.”
    When Science Seems Like Magic
    The New York Times (May 24, 2012)
  • “The 2012 World Science Festival, running May 30-June 3, presents more than 50 events, performances, lectures and special exhibitions, at venues throughout New York City.”
    Alan Alda, Joshua Bell, James Naughton, Debra Monk Set for World Science Festival Gala
    Theater Mania (May 22, 2012)
  • “The festival seeks to attract leading scientific minds, renowned artists and influential thinkers to present science in novel ways, attracting a broad audience from music lovers to science geeks.”
    ‘Icarus at the Edge of Time’ Opens the 2012 World Science Festival
    MetroFocus (May 21, 2012)

2011 Press

  • “We’re the victims of our own tendency to expect that a series that looks satisfyingly random to us”
    A primer on probability and chance
    Ars Technica (June 8, 2011)
  • “Watson’s creator gathered with other computer scientists”
    Man-Made Machines showcased at the 2011 World Science Festival
    Popular Mechanics (June 8, 2011)
  • “I’ve been thinking about jazz not so much as a destination but as a process”
    When the Melody Takes a Detour, the Science Begins
    NY Times (June 6, 2011)
  • ”…a society that decides it will only support applied science and not waste money on pure science is likely to wind up with neither.”
    Steven Weinberg calls on Americans to support research
    Science (June 6, 2011)
  • “At New York’s World Science Festival, experts dissected how science can arrest aging, extend human life, and erase traumatic memories”
    An in-depth look at some of the 2011 Festival events
    The Daily Beast (June 5, 2011)
  • “Inquiring Minds on Governors Island”
    Children of all ages discover the world around them
    NY Times (June 5, 2011)
  • “In Love With Marie”
    Alan Alda’s op-ed that discusses his inspiration for “Radiance”
    The Huffington Post (May 31, 2011)
  • “Alan Alda Shares His Passion”
    Interview with Alan Alda about “Radiance” and the World Science Festival
    Theater Mania (May 31, 2011)
  • “World Science Festival: Dark Matter, Cryptography and Getting Old”
    Information about the World Science Festival and quotes from Brian Greene
    WNYC Culture (May 30, 2011)
  • “This Week in New York: World Science Festival”
    “A series of smarty-pants seminars takes the geeky discipline outside of the laboratory. Fill up on facts at six of the best events.”
    Time Out New York (May 24, 2011)
  • “World Science Festival: BIORHYTHM: Music and the Body”
    Post detailing the “Biorhythm” event
    NYC Kids Arts (May 23, 2011)
  • “World Science Festival: Mysteries of the Mathematical Universe”
    Post detailing the “Mysteries of the Mathematical Universe” event
    NYC Arts (May 23, 2011)
  • “Scent events at NYC World Science Festival on 4th and 5th June”
    Article details the scent-related events at the Festival
    Basenotes (May 21, 2011)
  • “World Science Festival 2011—Spotlight: Women in Science”
    Blog post on the “Spotlight: Women in Science” event
    RENeW (May 20, 2011)
  • “Andrew Dawson, Pat Metheny, Maggie Gyllenhaal, MOMIX, et al. Set for World Science Festival”
    Article highlights WSF performances “Radiance” and “Articulate Hand”
    TheaterMania (May 19, 2011)
  • “Is Space-Time an Elaborate Illusion?”
    Article references George Musser’s blog post on the “Hologram” program
    Big Think (May 18, 2011)
  • “Maggie Gyllenhaal to Play Marie Curie at World Science Festival, 6/1″
    “Award-winning screen and stage actress Maggie Gyllenhaal steps into the role of history’s most famous woman scientist for a special reading of “Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie.”
    TreeHugger.com (May 18, 2011)
  • “The art of storytelling at the World Science Festival

    Carl Zimmer writes about the Science & Story EventsDiscover (May 18, 2011)

2010 Press