Lectures and Special Events
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.
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December 16, 2016
SOLD OUT - Go back in time for a prehistoric party amongst the Museum’s celebrated dinosaur halls.
December 21, 2016
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January 5, 2017
Spend an evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson as he reviews headline stories in the Universe, drawn from breaking news in 2016.
January 7, 2017 - May 6, 2017
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January 18, 2017
Bestselling author Douglas Preston discusses his ventures deep into the Honduran jungle in a riveting, non-fiction narrative about the unearthing of an ancient lost civilization, while he provides a rich tapestry of historical, economic, social, political, and environmental context for the discovery.
February 14, 2017
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a unique NYC experience only at the Hayden Planetarium!
February 16, 2017
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