DATE: Thursday, June 3, 2010
TIME: 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
VENUE: Webster Hall
PARTICIPANTS: Alec Baldwin, Richard Garriott, Leonard Mlodinow, Frank Wilczek

Presented with New York’s innovative storytelling organization, The Moth, scientists, 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. Participants include Leonard Mlodinow (The Drunkard’s Walk) and Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek.

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Alec Baldwin
Artistic Advisor, Radio Host, Actor

Alec Baldwin is the artistic advisor of The Art of the Score: Film Week at the Philharmonic and the radio host of the New York Philharmonic. The actor most recently appeared on Broadway in the 2013 production of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans, following appearances including Equus (Guild Hall, 2010 production), Entertaining Mr. Sloane (the Roundabout Theatre Company, 2006 production), Loot (Broadway, 1986), Serious Money (Broadway, 1988), Prelude to a Kiss (Circle Repertory Company, in 1990 (Obie Award); A Streetcar Named Desire (Broadway, 1992); Macbeth (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1998), and The Twentieth Century (Roundabout Theatre Company, 2004), earning him Theatre World and Obie Awards as well as a Tony nomination.

Mr. Baldwin has appeared in more than 40 films, including Beetlejuice, Working Girl, Miami Blues, The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, Malice, The Juror, The Edge, Ghosts of Mississippi, State and Main, The Cat in the Hat, The Cooler (National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Oscar nomination), The Aviator, The Departed, and It’s Complicated. For seven years he starred as Jack Donaghy opposite Tina Fey on NBC’s 30 Rock; for his portrayal he received seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globes, the Television Critics Award, two Emmy Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series, and the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. In 2011, Mr. Baldwin received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His company, El Dorado Pictures, has produced projects including Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial for TNT (Emmy Award nomination); The Confession for Showtime (Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay); and David Mamet’s film State and Main. A dedicated supporter of public policy and arts causes, Alec Baldwin serves on the boards of the New York Philharmonic, People For The American Way, The Hamptons International Film Festival, and Guild Hall. He has partnered with Capital One to create an advertising campaign that, through the Alec Baldwin Foundation, provides funding for arts groups across the country, particularly in the New York area, and raises awareness for support of the arts. His book, A Promise to Ourselves, was published by St. Martin’s Press in paperback in 2009.

Space Traveler

In 2008, Richard Garriott , a leading expert on private and commercial space travel, realized a lifelong dream to travel to space when he launched aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft to the International Space Station and became the sixth private citizen to fly in Earth’s orbit. In doing so, he became the first second-generation American in space, following the same path of his father Owen Garriott, who completed two space missions in his NASA career.

Having caught the space bug as a child from his father, Garriott has held a passion for the space industry and has invested in various related ventures such as the Zero-G Corporation, X-Prize and Spacehab. He is chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd., the world’s premier private space exploration company. He is also on the board of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

Earlier in his career, Garriott designed the Ultima role-playing games, one of the most successful computer game series ever. His many awards include Entrepreneur of the Year from Inc. magazine and Computer Gaming World’s 15 Most Influential Industry Players. He is vice president and creative director for the Austin-based games developer and publisher, Portalarium.

Physicist, Author

Leonard Mlodinow is a theoretical physicist. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and taught at the California Institute of Technology. He is a popular international speaker and the author of numerous academic papers in physics and eight popular science books, including four best sellers. His most recent book is The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Universe. His book Subliminal: How Our Unconscious Mind Rules Our Behavior, won the 2013 PEN/Wilson Award as “best literary science book.” His book The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, was a New York Times editor’s choice and a New York Times notable book of the year, was short listed for the Royal Society book award, and won the Robert P. Balles Prize in critical thinking, and the Liber Press (Spain) Award for the “Popularization of Science.” The Grand Design, coauthored with Stephen Hawking, was a #1 best seller and was made into a three-part documentary on the Discovery Channel. Mlodinow has also written for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Wired, The New York Review of Books, and other mass market publications. Leonard Mlodinow has created several award-winning video games, including one in conjunction with Steven Spielberg starring Robin Williams, and has written for network television, including the series MacGyver, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the comedy Night Court.

Theoretical Physicist, Mathematician, and Nobel Laureate in Physics

Professor Frank Wilczek is considered one of the world’s eminent theoretical physicists. In 2004, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction—key to several major problems in particle physics and beyond.

Professor Wilczek contributes regularly to Physics Today and to Nature, explaining topics at the frontiers of physics to wider scientific audiences. Two of his pieces have been anthologized in Best American Science Writing (2003, 2005). With his wife Betsy Devine, he wrote Longing for the Harmonies (W.W. Norton). His most recent book, The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces (Perseus) was published in September 2008, and he’s now hard at work on The Attraction of Darkness, a novel mixing science, music, sex, and murder.

Professor Wilczek is a second-generation American and a graduate of the New York City’s public schools. Presently he is the Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at MIT.