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:
May 31, 2016
Join Steven Beyer and Joe Rao as they illustrate Mars’ place among the stars of the constellation Scorpius, and explain what happens during the Opposition of Mars, when the Red Planet and the Sun are on opposite sides of Earth.
June 13, 2016
Astrophysicist Travis Rector will explain how researchers create images that are both aesthetically pleasing and scientifically useful while Carter Emmart will project examples of this stunning imagery in full-dome.
June 28, 2016
Jackie Faherty and Jana Grcevich explore some of the most important unsolved mysteries of astronomy and cosmology, and how scientists seek to solve them.
July 12, 2016
Learn the history and astronomy behind this unique event in a special presentation at the Hayden Planetarium.
July 19, 2016 - August 30, 2016
Cosmic Lights, Summer Nights is a special series of Astronomy Live programs in July and August of 2016.
July 19, 2016
Join Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart, and the musicians of The MARSBAND, including Keith Patchel and Tenzin Kunsel, for an immersive exploration of the Red Planet.
July 26, 2016
Join Emily Rice and Irene Pease to experience the entire observable universe and come to a cosmic understanding of where we are and how we came to be.