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World Science U for a Day

Saturday, May 31, 2014
8:30 am - 5:40 pm

Immerse yourself in an intense and intimate day with some of the foremost experts in physics and mathematics. Modeled on World Science U, the just-launched digital initiative of the World Science Festival, this live program offers a curated curriculum for serious enthusiasts who seek stimulating science that goes beyond a popular-level presentation. From particle physics to cosmology, from the role of mathematics to the basics of string theory, this is a full day to challenge your mind and be guided by a dream-team faculty.

All proceeds from this program will be used to develop additional World Science U live and digital offerings.


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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Maria SpiropuluPhysicist

Maria Spiropulu is a Physics Professor at Caltech. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard and was a Fermi Fellow at the Enrico Fermi Institute; she worked at CERN as a Physics Researcher. She’s been researching elementary particles and their interactions at Fermilab’s Tevatron and CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

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Robbert DijkgraafMathematical Physicist

Robbert Dijkgraaf is director and Leon Levy Professor of the Institute for Advanced Study, one of the world’s leading centers for curiosity-driven research in the sciences and humanities.

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Edward FrenkelMathematician, Author

Edward Frenkel is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and the winner of the Hermann Weyl Prize in mathematical physics.

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Max TegmarkPhysicist, AI researcher, Author

President of the Future of Life Institute, Max Tegmark advocates for positive use of technology. He is also a professor doing physics and AI research at MIT.

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Paul SteinhardtPhysicist

Paul J. Steinhardt is the Albert Einstein Professor in Science and Director of the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science at Princeton University, where he is also on the faculty of both the Department of Physics and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences. He received his B.S. in Physics at Caltech in 1974; his M.A. in Physics in 1975 and Ph.D. in Physics in 1978 at Harvard University.

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