Hayden Planetarium Programs
2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Is the Universe a Simulation?
April 5, 2016
What may have started as a science fiction speculation—that perhaps the universe as we know it is actually a computer simulation—has become a serious line of theoretical and experimental investigation among physicists, astrophysicists, and philosophers. Join host and moderator Neil deGrasse Tyson and his panel of experts for a lively discussion and debate about the merits and shortcomings of this provocative and revolutionary idea.
Watch the full debate here.
2016 Asimov Debate panelists are:
Professor of philosophy, New York University
Theoretical physicist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Theoretical physicist, University of Maryland
Theoretical physicist, Harvard University
Cosmologist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The late Dr. Isaac Asimov, one of the most prolific and influential authors of our time, was a dear friend and supporter of the American Museum of Natural History. In his memory, the Hayden Planetarium is honored to host the annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate—generously endowed by relatives, friends, and admirers of Isaac Asimov and his work—bringing the finest minds in the world to the Museum each year to debate pressing questions on the frontier of scientific discovery. Proceeds from ticket sales of the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debates benefit the scientific and educational programs of the Hayden Planetarium.
More in this Series:
October 3, 2016
Join astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan, as she explains the science behind dark matter and energy and provides an understanding of how radical scientific theories gain acceptance.
October 22, 2016
Join us in the Hayden Planetarium as we teach our youngest astronomers about the methods and tools used to observe the night sky.
October 25, 2016
Explore the universe through the lens of science fiction with Brian Levine and Irene Pease, visiting the real counterparts of fictional locations to uncover how much has (and hasn't!) been explored.
October 26, 2016
Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today's leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all—from planets, stars, and galaxies, to black holes, wormholes, and time travel.
November 19, 2016
Earthquakes happen frequently—but what causes them? Why are they unpredictable? What do they tell us about Earth's deep interior?
November 21, 2016
Join Mike Massimino as he discusses his new book, Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, an ode to following your dreams and finding your place in this world—or out of it.
November 29, 2016
In this program, Jackie Faherty and Jana Grcevich highlight the science propelled by missions like the Hubble Space Telescope and explain what you can expect to see in the near future from missions like Gaia and the James Webb Space Telescope.