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.
01/25/11 The Large Hadron Collider probes the most fundamental level of nature..........
12/20/16 A guide to fundamentals of astrophyics at a time of many exciting --and sometimes puzzling-- discoveries. Priyamvada Natarajan
06/07/21 A discussion about the recent Muon g-2 experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) and also Fermilab's work on the upgrade of the CMS project at CERN. Steve Nahn and James Mott
07/19/11 Red dwarfs provide vital information about galaxy evolution...
12/09/14 From the beginning of the universe to complex life: an explanation of the development of the cosmos.
12/14/21 The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) is the most advanced probe of the relationship between dark energy and the expansion of the universe. A unique project in astronomy.
02/15/18 New insights about dark matter, primordial black holes, and gravitational waves. Julian B. Munoz
09/28/10 Some mysterious, invisible stuff is holding galaxies together.
11/22/10 Einstein completely changed our understanding of the universe. Here's how.
12/02/14 How do scientists investigate exoplanet atmospheres --and what are they discovering? Mercedes Lopez-Morales
08/28/20 The universe is expanding at an incredible rate, and dark energy is thought to be the cause. Astronomers observe and measure this mystery with very sophisticated equipment. Paul Martini
11/08/21 Advanced technology reveals a super-abundance of planetary systems in the universe. And astronomers are investigating how these systems form as well as their amazing diversity. Joan Najita
09/14/21 Today scientific information is available to all, yet misinformation and denialism abound. "Galileo and the Science Denialists" describes Galileo's famous struggle for truth centuries ago and its relevance today. Mario Livio
01/26/16 An explanation of the most spectacular explosions in the universe, and their possible impact on life.
11/05/14 When the LHC starts up again in 2015, what will scientists be looking for? ....
11/13/11 From the Big Bang to parallel universes... Max Tegmark
06/04/19 Professor and writer 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.
03/11/14 Astronomer Joan Najita explains the challenge of understanding how planetary systems are created.
03/08/22 The right author and the right book with the right strategy for dealing with those who reject scientific facts. Lee McIntyre
01/14/21 Mathematics is the foundation of everything in Nature: structures, dynamics, processes. Understanding that foundation changes our perception of Nature. Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan
08/15/19 Dark matter is believed to comprise five-sixths of the matter in the universe, but cannot be "seen." Now, technical innovations offer closer observation and maybe new physics. Tracy Slatyer
01/04/21 The human body requires a gravity environment. So how do aerospace engineers plan for the colonization of space? Developing artificial gravity is a major objective. Ana Diaz Artiles
03/17/15 Was there ever life on Mars? How do scientists search for and analyze possible clues? Roger Summons
10/05/14 A novel approach to teaching mathematics. Sanjoy Mahajan
07/19/16 A look at how major ideas in science are often initially resisted, and a view of the invisible cosmos. Priyamvada Natarajan
02/13/13 An amazing 30+ year project and the discovery of two new Milky Way spiral arms. Thomas Dame
09/25/13 Astrophysicist and popular science author, Mario Livio, talks about his science, his writing, and his passion for art
04/14/2014 The investigation of how super-galaxies form is expected to provide insight into other mysteries such as dark matter and dark energy. Arjun Dey
05/20/14 Max Tegmark discusses the topic of his book: the multiverse and the mathematical nature of reality.
08/19/14 A visionary approach to teaching, learning --and discovering-- mathematics. Sanjoy Mahajan
03/08/21 Gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars are providing unique information about the universe. Edo Berger
11/28/17 A very exciting investigation of the possible role of ultraviolet radiation in the emergence of life --on Earth and elsewhere. Sukrit Ranjan
09/08/15 Mathematician L. Mahadevan describes how nature, science and art intersect. It will change your entire perspective.
06/26/20 The particle collisions at the Large Hadron Collider represent a search for a new physics in the form of new particles or forces that account for unknowns about the cosmos. Markus Klute
05/08/17 A description of exoplanet atmospheres and how scientists attempt to analyze these alien atmospheres. Alexandria Johnson
01/19/2016 Deep cosmic surveys hope to explain the mysterious accelerating expansion of the universe. Licia Verde
12/01/15 An exploration of the quantum realm in computation, the cosmos --and biology. Seth Lloyd
01/24/17 How astronomers read the evolution of the universe through the chemistry of the stars. Robert Simcoe
03/06/12 From astrology to astronomy, from superstition to empirical investigation.......
03/15/18 How realistic is the time-travel concept and how would time machines work? David Toomey
03/13/13 How the Sun's magnetic storms can affect electric grids and electronic communications. Jeffrey Hughes
11/07/16 The latest news from this year's exciting work at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN. Tulika Bose
05/09/12 Did the ancient moon have a magnetic field like Earth's? And why do scientists need to know? Benjamin Weiss
05/12/15 What scientists are learning about the "dark ages" of the early universe -before light emerged.
09/15/15 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
11/13/18 Structures and motions are governed by geometric rules. Ileana Streinu and Ciprian S. Borcea
09/18/12 As these mathematicians explain, with numerous examples, the deepest truths of Nature are mathematical. Tom Mrowka and Gigliola Staffilani
06/11/19 Author and philosopher Lee McIntyre discusses his newest book, The Scientific Attitude, and some of his earlier works. A timely subject!
01/13/15 How culture influences science and why we should be aware of that relationship. David Kaiser
08/23/11 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.
11/07/19 Science for the Public mini-series : They Didn't Believe It!
Brief stories about science discoveries that were very slow to be accepted
04/30/13 One of our foremost physicists discusses two projects: the cyclic universe and quasicrystals
09/11/12 Confirming the Higgs boson is one of the great triumphs in the history of science. Steve Nahn
10/25/17 Finally, an explanation of how voting districts can be unfairly sliced and diced. Justin Solomon
12/11/18 The 2018 update on the work at the Large Hadron Collider.
10/27/15 A report on the 2015 experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, now at unprecedented 13 TeV energy. Tulika Bose