SftP Videos: Cosmos
More has been learned about the origin and structure of the cosmos in the last century than in the entire history of humanity. And new discoveries are made constantly, thanks to the skills of the international science community and the great technological advances that make it possible to probe the universe. Here are SftPublic lectures and conversations on leading areas of investigation.
The Large Hadron Collider probes the most fundamental level of nature... Steven Nahn
A guide to fundamentals of astrophyics at a time of many exciting --and sometimes puzzling-- discoveries. Priyamvada Natarajan
Red dwarfs provide vital information about galaxy evolution...
From the beginning of the universe to complex life: an explanation of the development of the cosmos.
New insights about dark matter, primordial black holes, and gravitational waves. Julian B. Munoz
Some mysterious, invisible stuff is holding galaxies together.
Einstein completely changed our understanding of the universe...
How do scientists investigate exoplanet atmospheres --and what are they discovering? Mercedes Lopez-Morales
An explanation of the most spectacular explosions in the universe, and their possible impact on life.
When the LHC starts up again in 2015, what will scientists be looking for? Tulika Bose
From the Big Bang to parallel universes... Max Tegmark
David Toomey explains the surprising connections between the realm of science fiction and science fact, especially the ways in which sci-fi anticipated discoveries in real science.
Astronomer Joan Najita explains the challenge of understanding how planetary systems are created.
Dark matter is believed to comprise five-sixths of the matter in the universe, but cannot be "seen." Now, however, technical innovations offer the potential for real observation and maybe new physics.
Was there ever life on Mars? How do scientists search for and analyze possible clues? Roger Summons
A novel approach to teaching mathematics. Sanjoy Mahajan
A look at how major ideas in science are often initially resisted, and a view of the invisible cosmos. Priyamvada Natarajan
An amazing 30+ year project and the discovery of two new Milky Way spiral arms. Thomas Dame
Astrophysicist and popular science author, Mario Livio, talks about his science, his writing, and his passion for art
The investigation of how super-galaxies form is expected to provide insight into other mysteries such as dark matter and dark energy. Arjun Dey
Max Tegmark discusses the topic of his book: the multiverse and the mathematical nature of reality.
A visionary approach to teaching, learning --and discovering-- mathematics. Sanjoy Mahajan
A very exciting investigation of the possible role of ultraviolet radiation in the emergence of life --on Earth and elsewhere. Sukrit Ranjan
Mathematician L. Mahadevan describes how nature, science and art intersect. It will change your entire perspective.
A description of exoplanet atmospheres and how scientists attempt to analyze these alien atmospheres.
Deep cosmic surveys hope to explain the mysterious accelerating expansion of the universe. That search considers dark energy, dark matter, gravity. Licia Verde
An exploration of the quantum realm in computation, the cosmos, and biology. Seth Lloyd
How astronomers read the evolution of the universe through the chemistry of the stars. Robert Simcoe
From astrology to astronomy, from superstition to empirical investigation....Toby Lester
How realistic is the time-travel concept and how would time machines work? David Toomey
How the Sun's magnetic storms can affect electric grids and electronic communications. Jeffrey Hughes
The latest news from this year's work at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN. Tulika Bose
Did the ancient moon have a magnetic field like Earth's? And why do scientists need to know? Benjamin Weiss
What scientists are learning about the early universe --before light emerged. Lincoln Greenhill
How stars and their planetary systems form, and what the New Horizons mission to Pluto will reveal about the "fossil record" of our own solar system. Scott J. Kenyon
Structures and motions are governed by geometric rules. Ileana Streinu and Ciprian S. Borcea
Mathematics everywhere: the deepest truths of Nature are mathematical. Tom Mrowka and Gigliola Staffilani
Author and philosopher Lee McIntyre discusses his newest book, The Scientific Attitude, and some of his earlier works. A timely subject!
David Kaiser discusses how culture influences science and why we should be aware of that relationship
How do spiral galaxies like our Milky Way form?
12/02/19 Most of the matter in the universe is invisible --and scientists still do not know what it is. This is a brief story of how the idea of dark matter was very slowly accepted.
Nov 06 The first in our new video series about major scientific discoveries that were not immediately accepted
One of our foremost physicists discusses two projects: the cyclic universe and quasicrystals
Finding the Higgs is one of the greatest triumphs in the history of science... Steven Nahn
Finally, an explanation of how voting districts can be unfairly sliced and diced. Justin Solomon
An update on the work at the Large Hadron Collider.
A report on the 2015 experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, now at unprecedented 13 TeV energy. Tulika Bose