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2013 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate

The 2013 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate, "The Existence of Nothing," was moderated by Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson at the American Museum of Natural History on March 20, 2013 and streamed live on amnh.org/live.  

Questions were for panelists were posted using hashtag #asimovdebate on Twitter. A selection was answered during the Q&A following the event.

 
 

2013 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: The Existence of Nothing

The concept of nothing is as old as zero itself.  How do we grapple with the concept of nothing? From the best laboratory vacuums on Earth to the vacuum of space to what lies beyond, the idea of nothing continues to intrigue professionals and the public alike.  

Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson moderates the world's leading voices in this great scientific debate:

J. Richard Gott, professor of astrophysical sciences, Princeton University, and author of Sizing Up the Universe: The Cosmos in Perspective

Jim Holt, science journalist and author of Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story

Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics, Arizona State University and author of A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing

Charles Seife, professor of journalism, New York University, and author of Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

Eve Silverstein, professor of physics, Stanford University, and co-editor of Strings, Branes and Gravity

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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