Hayden Planetarium Programs
Frontiers Lecture: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning with Marcelo Gleiser and Rebecca Goldstein
November 3, 2014
Can science and philosophy provide answers to our questions about where we came from and what our place is in the universe? Renowned theoretical physicist Marcelo Gleiser acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein discuss the limits of knowledge and how much we can actually know of the world, arguing that both science and philosophy have fundamental limits and our knowledge of the world is – and always will be – necessarily incomplete. In a broad-ranging intellectual history of our search for knowledge and meaning, Gleiser and Goldstein offer a unique view of what it means to be human in a universe filled with mystery.
Gleiser will sign copies of his book, The Island of Knowledge and Goldstein's book, Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away, will be on sale after the lecture.
UPDATE: Special guest Steven Pinker, cognitive scientist, linguist, and evolutionary psychologist will be filling in for Rebecca Goldstein. Read more about Pinker at his website here: http://stevenpinker.com/.
More in this Series:
June 8, 2015
Join Christopher Tully as he discusses a new experiment called PTOLEMY (Princeton Tritium Observatory for Light, Early-Universe, Massive-Neutrino Yield).
June 30, 2015
The sky of the Southern Hemisphere may be unfamiliar, but it is actually home to many of the brightest stars, the closest star to Earth, the Magellanic clouds, the Southern Cross, and much more.
July 13, 2015
Learn the history and astronomy behind this unique event in a special presentation at the Hayden Planetarium.
July 28, 2015
Explore planets, nearby stars, and the myriad galaxies that populate the universe while we fly through the 3D Digital Universe Atlas.
August 4, 2015
Emily Rice and Jackie Faherty will explore these phenomena and more, using both the Zeiss star projector and the 3D Digital Universe Atlas.
August 11, 2015
This July, NASA’s New Horizons space probe will give us the closest view of Pluto and provide new data about this dwarf planet.