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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. Francois Englert, April 2019: Theoretical physicist and 2013 Nobel Prize laureate.

Dr. Charles Kane, May 6-10, 2019: Theoretical condensed matter physicist best known for theoretically predicting the quantum spin Hall effect and what would later be known as topological insulators.

Past Lectures:

Dr. Carl Safina, March 19 and 23, 2018

Dr. Kip Thorne, April 19 and 20, 2018

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


Della Pietra Public Lecture by Martinus Veltman: “The Higgs particle”

Professor Martinus Veltman of the University of Michigan (retired) will present a Della Pietra Lecture entitled “The Higgs Particle” at 5:30 pm on Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Room 103 of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. 5:00pm – Wine and Cheese Reception 5:30pm – Public lecture by Martinus Veltman, “The Higgs particle” Professor Veltman together with […]

Della Pietra Lecture Series Presents Dr. Stephen Quake (Stanford University), October 17-18, 2013

On Thursday, October 17th and Friday October 18th Dr. Stephen Quake, of Stanford University, will deliver three talks for the Della Pietra Lecture Series at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University.  Lecture 1 (This lecture is geared for high school and undergraduate students) Title:  “Precision Measurement in Biology” by Dr. Stephen Quake Time: Thursday […]

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 and information, with an emphasis on the social and information networks that underpin the Web […]

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 2nd at 11:00 am Place: Simons Center for Geometry and Physics room 103 [box, type=”download”]Watch […]

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, April 19th at 11:00 am in SCGP Lecture Hall, Room 102 is entitled, “150 years […]

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 a particular emphasis on its mathematical contributions–and surveying the hurdles the theory still faces. 5:30 […]