Hayden Planetarium Programs
Frontiers Lecture: Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe
September 19, 2016
What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy? In fact, acclaimed physicist and bestselling author Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces as anyone else. In this provocative book, he argues that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of the field's most important areas—string theory, quantum mechanics, and cosmology. A book signing will follow.
Roger Penrose, the Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics Emeritus at the University of Oxford, is one the world’s foremost theoretical physicists and has won numerous prizes, including the Albert Einstein Medal, for his fundamental contributions to general relativity and cosmology. Among other publications, he is the bestselling author, with Stephen Hawking, of The Nature of Space and Time (Princeton).
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May 15, 2017
Geoscientist Tullis Onstott provides an insider’s look at pioneering fieldwork on Earth’s thriving subterranean biosphere—a place where scientists once thought life could not possibly exist.
May 23, 2017
Jackie Faherty and Ted Williams tour the universe exploring these unsolved mysteries and discuss how scientists seek to solve them.
May 30, 2017
As the Sun sets on May 30, it will be perfectly aligned with Manhattan's east-west numbered streets. Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty will be your guide to the history and astronomy behind this fascinating phenomenon in a special presentation at the Hayden Planetarium.
June 5, 2017
Join Carter Emmart for a new look at the Martian landscape, beyond the reach of rovers.
June 27, 2017
NASA heliophysics scientists join Carter Emmart for an immersive look at "space weather"— a beautiful (and potentially dangerous) phenomena.