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The Big Bang and More World Science Festival Comes to The New School

From June 2-6, the World Science Festival, co-sponsored by Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, turns New York into a grand stage of science. Bringing together an all-star cast from an impressive range of disciplines, the festival presents a carefully designed spectrum of programs, ranging from astronomy, physics, and genetics to neuroscience, robotics, and mathematics. The festival’s programs will also integrate traditional arts disciplines, dance, theatre, music, and the visual arts, to underscore that science is everywhere.

Programs at The New School include:

The Limits of Understanding
Friday, June 4, 8:00-9:30 p.m., Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street.
If it’s true, it’s false. If it’s false, it’s true. In 1931, Austrian logician Kurt G√∂del shocked the worlds of mathematics and philosophy by showing that statements like this one are far more than a quirky turn of language. This panel explores G√∂del’s discovery and will be moderated by Nobel laureate and Rockefeller University President Paul Nurse and includes mathematician and computer scientist Gregory Chaitin; philosopher of science and logic Rebecca Newberger Goldstein; astroscientist and best-selling author Mario Livio; and artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky.

Saturday, June 5, 11:00 a.m., Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street.
Arthur Benjamin returns in an encore presentation of Mathemagician, in which he performs mesmerizing feats of mathematical mental gymnastics. The performance is followed by the hour-long Mathemagician’s Apprentice at Wollman Hall, in which Benjamin divulges his secrets for doing lightning-fast mental math.
Back to the Big Bang
Saturday, June 5, 3:00 p.m., Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street.
Venture deep inside the world’s biggest physics machine the Large Hadron Collider. Back to the Big Bang explores this fantastic apparatus, which may soon offer clues to nature’s fundamental laws, and even the origin of the universe itself. This panel is moderated by journalist John Hockenberry with physicist Marcela Carena.
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