World Science Festival - New York

The World Science Festival gathers great minds in science and the arts  to produce live and digital content that allows a broad general audience  to engage with scientific discoveries. Through discussions, debates,  theatrical works, interactive explorations, musical performances,  intimate salons, and major outdoor experiences, the Festival takes  science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums,  galleries and premier performing arts venues of New York City and  beyond.

Gravitational Waves: A new era of Astronomy Begins

On September 14th, 2015, a ripple in the fabric of space, created by the  violent collision of two distant black holes over a billion years ago,  washed across the Earth. As it did, two laser-based detectors, 50 years  in the making – one in Louisiana and the other in Washington State –  momentarily twitched, confirming a century-old prediction by Albert  Einstein and marking the opening of a new era in astronomy.

Quantum Reality: Space, Time, and Entanglement

Ninety years after the historic double-slit experiment, the quantum  revolution shows no sign of slowing. Join a vibrant conversation with  renowned leaders in theoretical physics, quantum computation, and  philosophical foundations, focused on how quantum physics continues to  impact understanding on issues profound and practical, from the edge of  black holes and the fibers of spacetime to teleportation and the future  of computers.

Hidden Dimensions - Exploring Hyperspace

Extra dimensions of space—the idea that we are immersed in  hyperspace—may be key to explaining the fundamental nature of the  universe. Relativity introduced time as the fourth dimension, and  Einstein’s subsequent work envisioned more dimensions still--but  ultimately hit a dead end. Modern research has advanced the subject in  ways he couldn’t have imagined. John Hockenberry joins Brian Greene,  Lawrence Krauss.

Time is of the Essence.. or is it?

What is time? Isaac Newton described it as absolute, but Einstein proved  that time is relative, and, shockingly, that time and space are  intricately interwoven. Now recent work in string theory and quantum  gravity suggests that space and time may not be fundamental. If this is  true, what new picture of reality will emerge?

Exoplanets: The Search for new worlds.

A few decades ago, we knew of no other planets beyond those in our solar  system. Today, astronomers have confirmed over 700 planets circling  other suns and believe billions more lay undiscovered. These new worlds  have smashed conventional assumptions, revealing planets orbiting  multiple stars, planets that don’t orbit stars at all, and at least one  as airy as Styrofoam. The incredible boom in planetary diversity raises  tantalizing prospects for an Earth analog that could harbor life....

Faith and Science

For all their historical tensions, scientists and religious scholars  from a wide variety of faiths ponder many similar questions—how did the  universe begin? How might it end? What is the origin of matter, energy,  and life? The modes of inquiry and standards for judging progress are,  to be sure, very different. But is there a common ground to be found?  ABC News’ Bill Blakemore moderates a panel that includes evolutionary  geneticist Francisco Ayala, astrobiologist Paul Davies, .....