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A Beautiful Universe: Black Holes, String Theory, and the Laws o...

with Cumrun Vafa

Through the use of puzzles, Breakthrough Prize winner Cumrun Vafa explores the mathematical underpinnings of some of the fundamental laws of nature, and explains how to appreciate their beauty.

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Accelerate, Collide, Detect

with Barry Barish

Explore the long odyssey to gravitational waves and examine the future of particle accelerators for pushing the limits of physics with 2017 Nobel Laureate Barry Barish.

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Brain Machine Interfaces: From Basic Science to Neurobiological ...

with Miguel Nicolelis

Miguel Nicolelis highlights how brain machine interfaces are becoming better understood, less invasive, and more formidable. He reviews how these new capabilities help patients with paraplegia, psychiatric disorders, and more.

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Einstein’s Astrophysical Messengers

with Gabriela González

Gabriela González's team at LIGO uses ground-based experiments to search for gravitational waves produced by black holes. In this Master Class, learn how they conduct this search and what mysteries they hope to solve about our universe.

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Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang

with Paul Steinhardt

Paul Steinhardt is one of the biggest critics of the inflationary model. He claims that inflation is "immune" to experiment and discusses a radical alternative to this long-standing paradigm.

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Exploring Our Humanity

with Lee Berger

Explorer and paleoanthropologist Lee Berger is best known for his discoveries of Homo naledi and Australopithecus sediba, two human-like ancestors. Join him on this exploration as he explains the science behind these unprecedented findings.

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Exploring the Warped Universe

with Nergis Mavalvala

On September 14, 2015, LIGO first detected gravitational waves. Join physicist Nergis Mavalvala as she takes you on an incredible journey from LIGO's humble beginnings to its groundbreaking discovery.

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Free Will and Neuroscience

with Alfred Mele

Has neuroscience all but disproved the existence of free will? Philosopher Alfred Mele argues that free will is still alive and well as he critically analyzes experimental data.

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From Chemistry to Life

with Dimitar Sasselov

To look for evidence of life on other planets, we have to adapt what we know about chemistry on Earth to aid our search. Astronomer Dimitar Sasselov explains how we can use what we already know to search for alien life.

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History and Mysteries of The Universe

with Max Tegmark

Max Tegmark, cosmologist and Professor of Physics at MIT, delivers a comprehensive look at the study of our universe, examining both the origin of our cosmos and the infinite questions waiting to be answered.

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How Do Biology Processes Differ From Those of Physics?

with George Ellis

The difference between physics and biology results from a modular hierarchy of structure and causation. Templeton Prize winner George Ellis explains how bio-molecules provide the key link, enabling logic to emerge from underlying physical laws.

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Inflationary Cosmology

with Alan Guth

Breakthrough Prize winner Alan Guth developed the theory of inflation to answer to our cosmic origins. It's one of the most studied and debated theories in cosmology, with research propelling Guth’s work to the forefront of scientific conversation.

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Loop Quantum Gravity

with Carlo Rovelli

Carlo Rovelli is the discoverer of a theory that attempts to bridge the divide between quantum mechanics and general relativity. Join him as he gives a detailed overview of loop quantum gravity.

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Mathematics, The Language of Nature

with Edward Frenkel

Mathematician Edward Frenkel takes a look at the elegant formalism of mathematics, discussing the Langlands program and the ideas of mathematical unification through symmetry.

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New Ideas About Dark Matter

with Justin Khoury

Join Justin Khoury as he takes you to the interface of particle physics and dark matter cosmology in search of answers to one of physics' biggest mysteries.

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Special Relativity

with Brian Greene

Special Relativity upended our understanding of space, time and energy. Apply algebra to this math-based introduction. For a conceptual introduction, check out Space, Time, and Einstein.

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The Black Hole Information Paradox

with Samir Mathur

String theorist Samir Mathur has been working for years to resolve the conflict arising from the quantum nature of black holes. He also has a radical solution to the so-called information paradox.

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The Dark Side of the Universe

with Michael Turner

In 1998, theoretical cosmologist Michael Turner coined the term "dark energy." Since then, he has worked to combine cosmology and particle physics to understand the origin and evolution of the universe.

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The Edges of the Universe

with Andrew Strominger

Breakthrough Prize winner Andrew Strominger and world-renowned string theorist Cumrun Vafa famously worked on the microstates of black holes. Join Strominger for an overview of our scientific progress in understanding the fundamental laws of nature.

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The History of the Universe: A Work in Progress

with Matias Zaldarriaga

Cosmology is at its heart a historical Science. Physicist Matias Zaldarriaga discusses the status of the quest to reconstruct this history and reports on what we might expect to learn from the next generation of cosmological observations.

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The Monster at the Heart of our Galaxy

with Andrea Ghez

Astrophysicist Andrea Ghez explains how supermassive black holes warp space time and the role they play in the formation and evolution of our galaxy.

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The Ocean in Peril

with Sylvia Earle

Explore the challenges facing our oceans today, and why we should care. From industrial fishing to pollution to climate change, the damage to the seas risks becoming irreversible. Learn how we can still make a difference.

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Universe or Multiverse?

with Andrei Linde

Theoretical physicist and Kavli Prize winner Andrei Linde was responsible for proposing the ideas of an inflationary multiverse and eternal inflation. Join Linde’s course on the evolution of these ideas and what the future of cosmology holds.

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Girls Summer STEM Learning Program

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Access to this course is limited to participants in Brite--a new interdisciplinary summer STEM learning program from the World Science Festival, in partnership with the National Girls Collaborative Project and The Hello Studios for girls ages 13-16.

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Danger!

Access to this course is limited to participants in Brite--a new interdisciplinary summer STEM learning program from the World Science Festival, in partnership with the National Girls Collaborative Project and The Hello Studios for girls ages 13-16.

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Getting Started

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Mind Matters

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