The 2012 World Science Festival took place on May 30-June 3 in New York City. We offered a slate of exciting new programs and old favorites this year, all aimed at unlocking the beauty and complexity of science for everyone. Sign up for our newsletter to stay connected and get exclusive interviews, stories, and updates on upcoming programs.


Date: Saturday, June 2, 2012
Time: 01:00 PM-09:00 PM
Venue: NYU Kimmel Center, Commuter Lounge

Spend a thought-provoking afternoon with four leading science authors as they share insights from their latest books. The conversations will move from the mind-bending physics of nothing to the surprising trend of science-themed tattoos, from the dark secrets of scientific research to the evolutionary mystery of the human condition. Bring your questions, your books, and your tattoos!

Carl Zimmer
1:00 PM
Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed (Sterling, 2011)

In his fascinating investigation of scientists with tattoos, celebrated science writer Carl Zimmer discovers that tattoo artists now receive more requests for winding double-DNA strands than they do for “Mom.” Zimmer, an accidental curator of scholarly science ink, shares his experience reporting on hundreds of brainy tattoos—equations, chemical elements, orbits, molecular structures, and all manner of flora and fauna. Have a science tattoo? Zimmer will give you expert tips on how to photograph it, enhance it or hide it.

Peter Pringle
3:00 PM
Experiment Eleven: Dark Secrets Behind the Discovery of a Wonder Drug (Walker and Company, 2012)

Acclaimed investigative journalist and bestselling author Peter Pringle unravels the dark secrets behind the discovery of one of the most important drugs of the last century—streptomycin, the first antibiotic to successfully treat tuberculosis. Pringle’s spellbinding account of the development of this life-altering wonder drug exposes the role of power, hubris and deceit in the process of medical research. Pringle invites audience members to join him in a spirited debate over the definition of scientific discovery—how do you define it? Who gets the credit?

Lawrence Krauss
5:30 PM
A Universe From Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing (Free Press, 2012)

In his latest non-fiction science thriller, cosmologist Lawrence Krauss tackles two of the biggest scientific and philosophical questions of our time: How could the universe arise from nothing? And what is nothing, anyway? Join Krauss as he takes us on a journey to the beginning of time, to the beginning of nothing at all, and uses the latest findings in physics to turn these time-worn questions on their head.

E.O. Wilson: A special book signing
8:00 PM
The Social Conquest of Earth (Liveright, 2012)

In his highly anticipated new book, The Social Conquest of Earth, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning biologist E.O. Wilson draws on a lifetime of pioneering research to explain in enthralling, insightful prose the baffling origin of the human condition. How did humans evolve from simple creature to the most dominant species on Earth? What gives cooperative animals like ants, bees and humans an evolutionary advantage? This special book signing offers a rare opportunity to meet one of most influential scientists of our time.

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