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Science, Life, and Purpose: A Conversation with Francis Collins and Brian Greene

Saturday, March 12, 2022
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

Francis Collins – leader of the Human Genome Project, Director of the National Institutes of Health across three presidential administrations, and President Biden’s newly appointed Science Advisor – joins Brian Greene for a spirited and wide-ranging conversation on scientific exploration, the nature of life, and the perennial quest for purpose.

This program is part of the Big Ideas series, supported by the John Templeton Foundation.


Brian GreenePhysicist, Author

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Francis CollinsGeneticist, Physician

Francis Collins is known for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and leadership of the Human Genome Project, an international project that culminated in 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book.

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