The 2012 World Science Festival returns to New York City with more than 50 extraordinary events, performances and exhibitions designed to make the esoteric understandable and the familiar fascinating.
This year's World Science Festival events being held at The New School's Tishman Auditorium include:
How We Bounce Back: The New Science of Human Resilience, May 31, 8:00 p.m. (Sold Out)
Car accidents. Suicide bombers. Earthquakes. Death of a spouse. Why do some people bounce back from traumatic events while others do not? Is there a biological profile of resiliency? Can science, with the jab of a needle or huff of an aerosol, help reduce post-stress trauma? Can, and should, we train people to be more resilient? Leading thinkers from around the world explore these and other questions about the science of human resiliency.
The Elusive Neutrino and the Nature of the Cosmos,June 1, 7:30 p.m.
The neutrino is among the cagiest of particles, a subatomic wisp so ephemeral it could pass through light years of lead with more ease than a hot knife through butter. This ghostly particle holds clues to some of the most profound questions in physics: What happened in the briefest moments after the Big Bang? Why does the universe contain more matter than antimatter? What happens in the fiery core of exploding stars and in the tumultuous center of active galaxies? Join leading researchers as they chase neutrinos and other elusive particles in search of nature’s fundamental order.
Exoplanets: The Search for New Worlds, June 2, 3:30 p.m.
A few decades ago, we knew of no other planets beyond those in our solar system. Today, astronomers have confirmed over 700 planets circling other suns and believe billions more lay undiscovered. Join researchers leading the charge as they discuss the tantalizing prospects for an Earth analog that could harbor life—as we know it, and as we never imagined it.
Why We Prevailed: Evolution and the Battle for Dominance, June 2, 6:00 p.m. (Sold Out)
We once shared the planet with Neanderthals and other human species. Some of our relatives may have had tools, language and culture. Why did we thrive while they perished? Join evolutionary biologists, geneticists and anthropologists as they share profound insights about the origin of man and retrace our singular journey from fledging prototype to the most dominant species on Earth.
The Festival brings together many of the world’s leading scientific minds with renowned artists and influential thinkers to illuminate science in novel and exciting ways, breaking down barriers and connecting leading scientists to a broader public. Since its inception, the annual Festival has attracted more than 600,000 people to 200 programs in locations throughout New York City. It is the nation’s most anticipated science event and allows everyone – kids and adults, novice and enthusiast – to experience science in a unique and thrilling way.
Topics for the programs that follow include Einstein’s “spooky action” in quantum mechanics, the link between brilliance and madness, never-before-seen footage of coral reefs, the surprising role of quantum physics in biology, an examination of why the human species prevailed, the next wave of the internet, an exploration of some of the coolest jobs in science, and a journey toward the coldest temperatures ever recorded.
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