In a blockbuster paper in 1948, Claude Shannon introduced the notion of a “bit” and laid the foundation for the information age. His ideas ripple through such diverse fields as communication, linguistics, genetics, computing, cryptography, neuroscience, artificial intelligence and cosmology. In later years, he constructed a mathematical theory of juggling, rode unicycles, wrote the first paper on computer chess and built a flaming trumpet. The Bit Player tells the story of an overlooked genius who revolutionized the world. The World Premiere of this film will be followed by a conversation discussing Shannon’s legacy and the impact of his work.
Fifty years ago, as the whole world watched, Michael Collins flew to the moon. That historic journey is beautifully told in his recently re-issued young adult classic, Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut’s Story. Come hear the story from General Collins himself—and see some brand new photographs of that journey—in an intimate and up-close program with an American legend.
The World Science Festival’s Pioneers in Science program gives high school students from around the globe rare and intimate access to renowned scientists in a town hall-style discussion. Meet Suzana Herculano-Houzel, a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. Her pioneering technique made it possible to accurately count the number of neurons in brains of all sizes. After studying over 80 species, she discovered that humans have far more neurons than other animals relative to brain size. Hear about how this breakthrough discovery fundamentally altered our understanding of interspecies neurology.
It’s happened. The first children genetically engineered with the powerful DNA-editing tool called CRISPR-Cas9 have been born to a woman in China. Their altered genes will be passed to their children, and their children’s children. Join CRISPR’s co-discoverer, microbiologist Jennifer Doudna, as we explore the perils and the promise of this powerful technology. It is not the first time human ingenuity has created something capable of doing us great good and great harm. Are we up to the challenge of guiding how CRISPR will shape the future?
Join top science authors for coffee and conversation, shop our carefully curated selection of science books, and have your books signed by participating authors.