World Science Festival

World Science Festival

June 03, 2012

A diverse panel of big thinkers demonstrate how writers and scientists can jointly explore the wide spectrum of theories and questions around storytelling.

June 02, 2012

“A [cracked] plastic tabletop: $79.95. Fun with liquid nitrogen: priceless.” It’s not all serious dialogue here at the World Science Festival. At today’s event, “Einstein, Time, and the Coldest Stuff in the Universe,” Nobel prize-winning physicist William D. Phillips used liquid nitrogen to help explain absolute zero and what happens when atoms are cooled.

June 02, 2012

With disruption comes reinvention, this video from the World Science Festival shows us what's in store for us tech users.

June 02, 2012

“Once God saw quantum mechanics, he smiled.”
—Thorsten Ritz, biophysicist

I highly recommend watching the stream of last night’s World Science Festival event “Quantum Biology and the Hidden Nature of Nature.”

June 01, 2012

Reporting back from this year's World Science Festival: how artificial intelligence will help us deal with the unsolvable and yes even the certain.

June 01, 2012

Put an astrobiologist and a mechanical engineer on the same stage and what do you get? One heck of an exciting conversation about how quantum physics realm holds sway and plays a pivotal role in our everyday experiences — in everything from bird navigation to our sense of smell.

May 31, 2012

What’s the line between utter brilliance and incalculable madness? Maybe it’s not a line but a shifting spectrum. Video from the World Science Festival with leading researchers James Fallon, Kay Redfield Jamison, Susan McKeown, and Elyn Saks discussing new studies showing that people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia tend to possess higher creativity and intelligence.

May 31, 2012

Janna Levin launches a new film about Alan Turing at the World Science Festival.

May 30, 2012

Today the 2012 World Science Festival kicks off in venues across New York City. Two memories that jump out at me from past events are Bobby McFerrin’s demonstration of the universality of the pentatonic scale and string theorist Jim Gates’ story about encountering “God” on an Icelandic mountaintop.

July 31, 2009

This video from the World Science Festival in 2009 spread like wildfire online. Join along as McFerrin leads the audience in singing the pentatonic scale.