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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:

Elena Aprile, Professor of Physics, Columbia University, March 31 – April 2, 2020


Past Lectures:

Dr. Manjul Bhargava, December 9 – 11, 2019

Dr. Adam Riess, August 5 and 6, 2019 

Dr. Charles Kane, May 7 and 8, 2019

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


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 […]