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.

A Front-Row Seat at the Big Bang: The LHC at CERN

The Large Hadron Collider probes the most fundamental level of nature... Steven Nahn

Astrophysics Knowns and Unknowns

A guide to fundamentals of astrophyics at a time of many exciting --and sometimes puzzling-- discoveries. Priyamvada Natarajan

Big Science from Little Stars

Red dwarfs provide vital information about galaxy evolution... Andrew West

Cosmic Evolution

From the beginning of the universe to complex life: an explanation of the development of the cosmos. Eric Chaisson

Dark Matter and Other Cosmic Mysteries

New insights about dark matter, primordial black holes, and gravitational waves. Julian B. Munoz

Dark Matter in the Universe

Some mysterious, invisible stuff is holding galaxies together. Peter Fisher

Einstein's Relativity

Einstein completely changed our understanding of the universe... Tereasa Brainerd

Exoplanet Atomospheres

How do scientists investigate exoplanet atmospheres --and what are they discovering? Mercedes Lopez-Morales

Gamma Ray Bursts

An explanation of the most spectacular explosions in the universe, and their possible impact on life. Raul Jimenez

Great Expectations: The Large Hadron Collider 2015

When the LHC starts up again in 2015, what will scientists be looking for? Tulika Bose

History of the Universe in One Hour

From the Big Bang to parallel universes... Max Tegmark

How Science Fiction Inspired Science

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.

How Solar Systems Form: Puzzles and Possibilities

Astronomer Joan Najita explains the challenge of understanding how planetary systems are created.

Light from Darkness? Searching for Dark Matter in the Sky

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.

Looking for Signatures of Life on Mars

Was there ever life on Mars? How do scientists search for and analyze possible clues? Roger Summons

Mahajan Mathematics

A novel approach to teaching mathematics. Sanjoy Mahajan

Mapping the Heavens

A look at how major ideas in science are often initially resisted, and a view of the invisible cosmos. Priyamvada Natarajan

Mapping the Milky Way

An amazing 30+ year project and the discovery of two new Milky Way spiral arms. Thomas Dame

Mario Livio: His Astrophysics, His New Book (Brilliant Blunders), His Other Books

Astrophysicist and popular science author, Mario Livio, talks about his science, his writing, and his passion for art

Massive Galaxies: Where and How They Form

The investigation of how super-galaxies form is expected to provide insight into other mysteries such as dark matter and dark energy. Arjun Dey

Mathematics and the Multiverse

Max Tegmark discusses the topic of his book: the multiverse and the mathematical nature of reality.

Natural Mathematics: Intuition and Insight

A visionary approach to teaching, learning --and discovering-- mathematics. Sanjoy Mahajan

Odd Couple: UV Radiation and the Origin of Life

A very exciting investigation of the possible role of ultraviolet radiation in the emergence of life --on Earth and elsewhere. Sukrit Ranjan

Origami: Art and Science

Mathematician L. Mahadevan describes how nature, science and art intersect. It will change your entire perspective.

Probing Exoplanet Atmospheres

A description of exoplanet atmospheres and how scientists attempt to analyze these alien atmospheres. Alexandria Johnson

Probing the Large-Scale Universe

Deep cosmic surveys hope to explain the mysterious accelerating expansion of the universe. That search considers dark energy, dark matter, gravity. Licia Verde

Quantum Computing, Quantum Biology

An exploration of the quantum realm in computation, the cosmos, and biology. Seth Lloyd

Reconstructing the Evolution of Stars

How astronomers read the evolution of the universe through the chemistry of the stars. Robert Simcoe

Renaissance Roots of Modern Science

From astrology to astronomy, from superstition to empirical investigation....Toby Lester

Science Speculations: Time Travel

How realistic is the time-travel concept and how would time machines work? David Toomey

Solar Magnetic Storms and Space Weather

How the Sun's magnetic storms can affect electric grids and electronic communications. Jeffrey Hughes

The 2016 Large Hadron Collider Update

The latest news from this year's work at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN. Tulika Bose

The Core of the Moon

Did the ancient moon have a magnetic field like Earth's? And why do scientists need to know? Benjamin Weiss

The Dark Age of the Universe

What scientists are learning about the early universe --before light emerged. Lincoln Greenhill

The Formation of Stars and Planets

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

The Geometric Basis of Structure and Motion

Structures and motions are governed by geometric rules. Ileana Streinu and Ciprian S. Borcea

The Grand Geometry of Nature

Mathematics everywhere: the deepest truths of Nature are mathematical. Tom Mrowka and Gigliola Staffilani

The Scientific Attitude

Author and philosopher Lee McIntyre discusses his newest book, The Scientific Attitude, and some of his earlier works. A timely subject!

The Social Context of Science

David Kaiser discusses how culture influences science and why we should be aware of that relationship

The Tumultuous Milky Way and Its Satellite Galaxies

How do spiral galaxies like our Milky Way form? Elena D'Onghia

They Didn't Believe It! The Atom

Nov 06 The first in our new video series about major scientific discoveries that were not immediately accepted

Two Paul Steinhardt Projects: The "Cyclic Universe" and "Quasicrystals"

One of our foremost physicists discusses two projects: the cyclic universe and quasicrystals

Update from the Large Hadron Collider: The Higgs?

Finding the Higgs is one of the greatest triumphs in the history of science... Steven Nahn

What Mathematicians Reveal about Gerrymandering

Finally, an explanation of how voting districts can be unfairly sliced and diced. Justin Solomon

What's Happening at the Large Hadron Collider

An update on the work at the Large Hadron Collider. Markus Klute

What's Up at the 2015 Large Hadron Collider

A report on the 2015 experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, now at unprecedented 13 TeV energy. Tulika Bose