After a conversation with NYU medical toxicologist Robert Hoffman, MD, you may well come to see your daily routine—coffee in the morning, a glass of wine in the evening—in a different light. Hoffman is the first guest speaker for Pick Your Poison: Mind-Altering Drugs, Malicious Microbes, and Medications, a course for adults starting Monday, November 4.
There’s a method to the sparkle in the Hayden Planetarium Dome. Each of the approximately 4000 bright specks projected onto the Dome to visualize the night sky is backed by hard data collected by NASA and dozens of other organizations around the globe.
At approximately 20 GB, data drives the Digital Universe, a scientifically accurate three-dimensional atlas of the cosmos developed by the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.
What happens in the brain of a baseball player as a 100-mph pitch hurtles toward him? How does a surfer on her board analyze the nuances of an evolving wave? In the upcoming five-week course for adults, Sackler Brain Bench – Neuroscience of Sports: Your Brain in Action, which starts Monday, September 16, experts including Columbia University Medical Center neurosurgeon and neuroscientist Sameer Sheth will explain more about the neuroscience of athletics.
Even geniuses make mistakes. That’s the reassuring message of the engrossing new book Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein—Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe, by theoretical astrophysicist and noted writer Mario Livio. Livio will give a Frontiers Lecture on Monday, June 10, at the Museum on the topic of brilliant blunders by such towering scientific figures as Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, and more.