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Illuminating Light: The Journey of a Photon through Time and Mind

Saturday, June 4, 2011
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The wildly dancing beams of color and shape of The Joshua Light Show provided a spectacular jumping off point for exploring the nature of light and how we interact with it. Following the light show, we traveled through time with Carter Emmart, director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, racing along with a photon—a particle of light—as it sped from the edge of the universe to the back of your eye. Then joined neuroscientist Joy Hirsch, co-curator of the Museum’s current exhibition, Brain: The Inside Story, as she followed light’s journey through your eye to the cascade of activity it generates in your brain. Kids and families were invited to examine light at the speed of thought.

Presented in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History.


Josh ZeppsHost

Josh Zepps is a correspondent for Bloomberg TV’s Energy Now, reporting on the future of energy and the environment. His show on Discovery Science Channel, Brink, took an irreverent look at the latest breakthroughs on the brink of changing our lives.

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Carter EmmartVisualization Specialist

As the director of astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History, Carter Emmart directs the museum’s groundbreaking space shows and heads up development of an interactive 3D atlas called The Digital Universe.

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Joy HirschNeuroscientist

Joy Hirsch, a neuroscientist at Yale, studies interpersonal interactions between people in natural environments using novel brain imaging technology (near infrared spectroscopy) that acquires brain signals using head mounted detectors (instead of a scanner) and enables simultaneous functional imaging of two or more communicating partners.

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