"I found the general atmosphere [at the Aspen Center for Physics] very stimulating. All practical matters were taken care of in a pragmatic and effective way, all time was available for discussions and self-study. The beautiful surroundings did not distract, but stimulated creative thinking. It is too bad that life cannot always be so simple and pleasant."

    Nick and Maggie DeWolf Public Lectures

    Winter 2016

    Wednesdays - 5:30 pm

    Wheeler Opera House

    Before each lecture, plan to attend Physics Cafes, chats with physicists co-hosted with the Aspen Science Center, from 4:30 to 5:20 pm in the Wheeler Mezzanine

    Lectures and Cafes are Free

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    Click on the colored dates to see a lecture summary.


  • January 6
    Tiny Cells, Global Impact: The Ocean's Invisible Forest
    Speaker: Sallie (Penny) Chisholm, MIT
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  • January 13
    Are We Ready for a Final Theory of Physics?
    Speaker: Michael Peskin, Stanford
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  • February 10
    The Monster of the Milky Way
    Speaker: Andrea Ghez, UCLA
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  • February 17
    Hunting for Exotic Quantum Particles under the Microscope
    Speaker: Ali Yazdani, Princeton University
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  • March 9
    Let There be Light: The First Stars
    Speaker:Rachel Webster, University of Melbourne
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  • March 23
    Computational Complexity and Fundamental Physics
    Speaker: Scott Aaronson, MIT
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  • March 30
    The Human Body as a Living Material
    Speaker: Lisa Manning, University of Syracuse
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