Fall 2017 Lecture Series

*Tentative title and sub-title indicative of the lecture topic.
Date Description
October 6, 2017
#2380

Searching for Signs of Habitability and Life on Other Ocean Worlds
Possibilities and Prospects for Revolutionary Science

James B. Garvin

  • Chief Scientist
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Co-Chair, Europa Lander Science Definition Team
Abstract | Minutes | Video
October 20, 2017
#2381

Space Weather, Earthly Effects
Sunspots, Ion Storms, Magnetic Shields, Plasma Wakefields and More

Antti Pulkkinen

  • Astrophysicist
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Adjunct Professor of Astrophysics
  • Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences
  • Catholic University
Abstract | Minutes | Video
November 3, 2017
#2382

Automatically Proving That Computer Programs Do What They are Supposed to Do

Byron Cook

  • Senior Principal, Amazon Web Services, and
  • Professor of Computer Science
  • University College London
Abstract | Minutes | Video
November 17, 2017
#2383

Life 2.0
Synthetic Self Replicating and Evolvable Systems

Gerald Joyce

  • Professor, The Salk Institute and
  • Institute Director
  • Genomics Institute
  • Novartis Research Foundation
Abstract | Video
December 1, 2017
#2384

The Doom of Spacetime
Why It Must Dissolve Into More Fundamental Structures

Nima Arkani-Hamed

  • Professor, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and
  • A. D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University
Abstract
December 15, 2017
#2385

Invisibility Cloaks and Other “Impossible” Optics
From Revolutionary Science to Disruptive Technology

David R. Smith

  • James B Duke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Director, The Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics
  • Duke University
Abstract

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