In the above photo, some of those who attended the Aspen Center for Physics' June 6, 2013 public lecture on The Physics of Cooking by David Weitz made ice cream after the lecture by tossing salt and ice and a bag of milk, cream and sugar until it solidified.

Note that there are two separate listings below. First - Lectures at 6:30 in Paepcke Auditorium. Scroll down for Dialogues (more conversational) at 5:30 in Flug Auditorium.

Heinz Pagels Public Lectures

Summer 2014

Thursdays - 6:30 pm

Paepcke Auditorium, Aspen Institute, 1000 North Third Street

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  • June 12 Speaker: Kerwyn Casey Huang, Stanford University
    Title: A Bug's Life
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  • June 19 Speaker: Robert P. Kirshner, Harvard University
    Title: The Accelerating Universe: Einstein's Blunder Undone
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  • July 10 Speaker: Joseph Lykken, Fermilab
    Title: Neutrinos are Everywhere
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  • August 7 Speaker: Douglas Stone, Yale University
    Title: Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian

Public Dialogues

Summer 2014

Thursdays - 5:30 pm

Flug Forum, Aspen Center for Physics, 700 West Gillespie

Dialogues are an informal opportunity for the audience to interact with a physicist in a Q&A setting
  • May 29 Speakers: Gurtina Besla, University of Arizona and Vasily Belokurov, University of Cambridge
    Title: Small Dwarfs, Tall Shadows
  • June 26 Speaker: Alexander Grosberg, New York University
    Title: How Do You Keep Your DNA Manageable?
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  • July 3 Speaker: Daniel Holz, University of Chicago
    Title: Black Holes Whisper Sweet Nothings
  • July 17* Speaker: Joseph G. Polchinski, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Title: Spacetime Versus the Quantum
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  • July 24 Speaker: Eva Silverstein, Stanford University
    Title: Cosmic Inflation and Quantum Gravity
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  • July 31 Speaker: Shankar, Yale University
    Title: The Tragic Tale of the Mathematical Genius Ramanujan
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  • August 14* Speaker: Vijay Balasubramanian, University of Pennsylvania
    Title: The Maps Inside Your Head

  • *These two talks will be more lecture than dialogue