Our Mathematical Universe

Max Tegmark
Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
May 8, 2015
In this lecture, Tegmark surveys how humans have repeatedly underestimated not only the size of the cosmos, but also the power of the human mind to understand it using mathematical equations. He explores how mathematics in physics has allowed us to predict Neptune, radio waves, and the Higgs bosons. Tegmark also discusses how we should think of ourselves in a cosmic perspective.

Exhibit and Special Event: Mark Podwal

Mark Podwal
October 30, 2014
"All This Has Come Upon Us" is a collection of archival pigment prints by Mark Podwal, a selection of which is on display, which illustrate the tragedies and injustices suffered by the Jewish people. Each work, conceived as a page of a book, illuminates the saying that "Misfortune seldom misses a Jew," but as Podwal's powerful work attests, the Jews sustained their extraordinary faith and persevered. This event features a film about the making of the artworks, followed by a question and answer session with Podwal.

Science Talk for Families - The Smallest Particles

Robbert Dijkgraaf
November 16, 2013
One of the most amazing things we discovered in science is that everything is made of small particles. It's the properties of these molecules, atoms, nuclei, and elementary particles that allow us to answer ­simple questions like: why is grass green? Or, why is the sky blue? But how small are these particles? And how did we discover them? And does the search ever stop? To answer these questions we have to step into a world of wonder and magic.