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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.

“Della Pietra Lecture Series” are now available as a special collection on the Center’s YouTube channel. You can find it here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6pOFUNZzTMxqFKaRR53WvQ

Upcoming Lectures:

Cumrun Vafa: May 16-17 2022


Past Lectures:

Special Event: Celebrating Science in a Fractured Society: April 12, 2022

Elena Aprile: October 27-29, 2021

Peter Pesic: September 20-23, 2021

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


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Della Pietra Lecture Series Presents Dr. Bonnie Bassler (Princeton University) October 1-2 2015

General Public Lecture Thursday, October 1, 2015 Wine and Cheese Reception: 5:00 pm, Simons Center Lobby and Art Gallery Lecture: 5:45 pm, Simons Center Auditorium, Room 103 Title: “How Bacteria Talk To Each Other” Abstract: Bacteria communicate with one another using small chemical molecules that they release into the environment. These molecules travel from cell […]

Della Pietra Lecture Series Presents Dr. David Gross (KITP), March 31, 2015

General Public Lecture Tuesday March 31, 2015 Wine and Cheese Reception: 5:00pm, Simons Center Lobby and Art Gallery Lecture: 5:30pm, Simons Center Auditorium, Room 103 Title:The Frontiers of Fundamental Physics Abstract: At the frontiers of physics we search for the principles that might unify all the forces of nature and we strive to understand the […]

Della Pietra Lecture Series Presents Dr. Etienne Ghys (ENS Lyon), January 20 – 22, 2015

General Public Lecture Tuesday January 20 Wine and Cheese Reception: 5:00pm, Simons Center Lobby and Art Gallery Lecture: 5:45pm, Simons Center Auditorium, Room 103 Title: “The story of flat surfaces” Abstract: Most surfaces are not flat. Nevertheless we usually try to cover them with flat pieces. Cartographers picture our round Earth in planar maps. Soccer balls […]

Della Pietra Lecture Series Presents Dr. Eric J Heller (Harvard University), December 4-5 2014

General Public Lecture Thursday December 4 Wine and Cheese Reception: 5:00pm, Simons Center Lobby and Art Gallery Lecture: 5:45pm, Simons Center Auditorium, Room 103 Title: “The Art of Listening. Carefully.” This event is in collaboration with the opening of the ‘Art and the Quantum Moment’ exhibition. For more information please visit:  scgp.stonybrook.edu/archives/12754 ABSTRACT Waves permeate […]

Della Pietra Lecture Series Presents Dr. Frank Wilczek, March 4 – 5, 2014

Public Talk Tuesday March 4 at 5:30pm, Simons Center Auditorium, room 103: Title: “Expanding the Doors of Perception” Abstract: Modern physics has taught us that our unaided senses perceive only an infinitesimal portion of physical reality. Within that theme, Frank Wilczek, PhD, a Nobel Laureate and professor of physics at MIT, will especially emphasize color […]

Watch the Videos: Della Pietra Lecture Series Presents Dr. John H. Schwarz, March 25, 2014

STRING THEORY: PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE Speaker: Dr. John H. Schwarz Public Lecture: Tuesday March 25, 6:00pm in the Simons Center Auditorium, Room 103.  Wine and Cheese Reception at 5:15pm Title:  “STRING THEORY: PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE” Abstract: String theory connects the microscopic quantum world of elementary particles to the large-scale world of gravity and […]

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 […]