Della Pietra Lecture Series

The Della Pietra Lecture Series was started in the fall of 2011 with a generous donation from brothers, Stephen and Vincent Della Pietra, and their families. The series aims to bring world-renowned scientists to the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics to enhance the intellectual activity of the Center and also bring greater awareness of recent and impactful discoveries in Physics and Mathematics to the Long Island community, in particular to high school, undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in the sciences. Each Della Pietra Lecturer gives a series of talks, including public talks aimed towards the general community and local high school students, as well as a technical seminar to advanced graduate students and faculty.

Upcoming Lectures:

Dr. Carl Safina, March 19 and 23, 2018

Dr. Kip Thorne, April 18 and 19, 2018

Past Lectures:

Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, May 31 – June 2, 2017

Dr. Tadashi Tokieda, February 8-10, 2016

Dr. Bonnie Bassler, October 1-2 2015

Dr. David Gross, March 31, 2015

Dr. Etienne Ghys, January 20 – 22, 2015

Dr. Eric J Heller, December 4-5 2014

Dr. Frank Wilczek, March 4 – 5, 2014

Dr. John H. Schwarz, March 25, 2014

Dr. Martinus Veltman, January 9, 2014

Dr. Stephen Quake, October 17-18, 2013

Dr. Jon Kleinberg, February 26-27, 2013

Dr. Andrei Linde, March 11-12, 2013

Dr. Robert Kirshner, October 2-3 2012

Dr. Jeffrey Weeks, May 3-4, 2012

Dr. William Bialek, April 19-20, 2012

Dr. Brian Greene, October 4, 2011

Dr. Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University, February 26-27, 2013

What Can Big Data Teach Us About Society and About Ourselves? Jon Kleinberg is the Tisch University Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Information Science at Cornell University. His research focuses on issues at the interface of networks […]

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Dr. Andrei Linde, Stanford University, March 11-12, 2013

UNIVERSE OR MULTIVERSE?   Andrei Linde studied physics at Moscow State University, was a member at CERN and is currently a Professor of Physics at Stanford University. He is an author of more than 250 papers on particle physics, phase […]

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Della Pietra Lecture Series Presents Dr. Robert Kirshner, October 2-3 2012

Dr. Robert Kirshner, Photo credit: Lynn Barry Hetherington Lecture 1 ‘A Nobel Surprise: The Accelerating Universe’ (This lecture is geared for high school and undergraduate students) Title: “A Nobel Surprise: The Accelerating Universe” by Dr. Robert Kirshner Time: Tuesday October […]

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Dr. Jeffrey Weeks Della Pietra Lectures, May 3-4, 2012

Watch the Videos: SYMMETRY: FOLDING AND UNFOLDING Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 2 pm In this hands-on workshop participants will see how every symmetrical pattern has an “unfolded form” and a “folded form” and learn an easy way to name […]

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Dr. William Bialek to give a series of Della Pietra Lectures, April 19-20, 2012

On Thursday, April 19th and Friday, April 20th noted Physicist William Bialek will deliver four talks for the Della Pietra Lecture Series at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University. Dr. Bialek’s first talk, to be held on Thursday, […]

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Dr. Brian Greene delivered inaugural talks for the Della Pietra Lecture Series, October 4, 2011

October 4, 2011 2:30 Colloquium for Faculty and Graduate Students Location – Simons Center Lecture Hall, Room 102 TITLE:  The State of String Theory ABSTRACT:   I will give various perspectives on the state of string theory, reviewing its numerous achievements—with […]

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