Colloquia and Special Seminars

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January - June, 2017
2/16, 4:00pm Xuening Bai
Protoplanetary Disks and Planet Formation: A Microphysical Perspective[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2/14, 12:30pm Mike McCourt
Adventures in Galaxy Gas Physics[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
1/19, 11:30am Marie Farge
(ENS Paris)
Laurette Tuckerman
Open Access Publishing: How to disseminate our articles as efficiently as possible? Is open access a good solution? (Informal discussion)[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
July - December, 2016
11/30, 2:00pm Mike Zaletel
Symmetry constraints in quantum materials: making the most of seeing nothing[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
11/09, 2:00pm Lars Brink
Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prizes[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
January - June, 2016
6/15, 11:15am Charlie Marcus
New Materials for Quantum Computing
4/20, 2:00pm Yitang Zhang
Small gaps between prime numbers[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2/24, 2:00pm Phillip Schewe
Univ. Maryland & KITP Journalist in Residence
Spacetraveler's Manifesto: the Other-worldly Career of Freeman Dyson[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/11, 2:00pm Rainer Weiss
100 Years of gravitational waves: The observation of a binary black hole collision[Slides][Podcast][Vid][Aud][Cam]
3/09, 2:00pm Brandon Brown
University of San Francisco
The Historical Max Planck[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/02, 2:00pm Jorge José
Indiana University
How the statistical properties of human motions reveal some of the workings of our nervous system[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2/24, 2:00pm Phillip Schewe
Univ. Maryland & KITP Journalist in Residence
Science and Sublime: Two ways of viewing the world[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
1/13, 2:00pm Phillip Schewe
Univ. Maryland & KITP Journalist in Residence
Physics by Press Conference: How discoveries get announced[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
July - December, 2015
10/28, 2:00pm Zohar Komargodski
Weizmann Inst.
The Space of Quantum Field Theories[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10/26, 11:00am Zohar Komargodski
Weizmann Inst.
Comments on Disordered Conformal Field Theories[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9/30, 2:00pm Ken Kosik
Everything known about Alzheimer's disease that a physicist might want to know[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
January - June, 2015
5/06, 2:00pm Peter Pesic
St. John's College and Harvard University
Music and the making of modern science[Slides][Podcast][Vid][Aud][Cam]
3/09, 12:30pm Radu Coldea
University of Oxford
Experimental realization of Ising quantum criticality: Dirac spectrum and emergent E8 symmetry
2/18, 2:00pm Sheldon Lee Glashow
Harvard University, Boston University
A Parable of the Pure and the Practical: Why We Must Pursue Basic Scientific Research[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
July - December, 2014
11/14, 3:30pm Albert Libchaber
Rockefeller University
Microbes (bacteria and ciliates) in the soil ecosystem[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
January - June, 2014
5/12, 1:30pm Kyle Shen
Shining Light on Correlated Quantum Materials: The Story from Einstein's Photoelectrons[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/06, 3:30pm David Gross
Yang-Mills Theory[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2/05, 2:00pm Walter Kohn, Jim Klingshirn
Visual Distortions in Macular Degeneration: Quantitative Diagnosis and Correction[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
1/15, 2:00pm Mike Gazzaniga
Director of Sage Center for the
Study of Mind, UCSB
Unity in a Modular World
1/09, 3:30pm Satoru Nakatsuji
Institute for Solid State Physics
at the University of Tokyo
Emergent Quantum Phenomena in Novel Correlated Materials
1/08, 2:00pm Philip Kim
Columbia University
Bloch, Landau, and Dirac: Hofstadter's Butterfly in Graphene[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
July - December, 2013
11/26, 12:30pm Xi Dong
Holographic Entanglement Entropy for General Higher Derivative Gravity[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10/30, 2:00pm Harry Nelson
First Science Results from the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) Dark Matter Experiment[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
8/23, 4:00 p.m. Joe Incandela
Inauguration to the Pat and Joe Yzurdiaga Chair in Experimental Science[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
January - June, 2013
2/13, 2:00 p.m. Paul Hansma
UCSB, Physics
From Broida to Bedside: From Fundamental to Clinical Research on Bone Fracture[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
January - June, 2012
6/20, 2:00 p.m. Mark Dennis
University of Bristol
Knotting Nodes of Light[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5/02, 2:00 p.m. Bill Unruh
Measurement of the Hawking Temperature for an Analog Horizon[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
04/20, 2:00 p.m. Dam Thanh Son
Triangle Anomalies in Landau's Fermi Liquid Theory[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
03/01, 3:30 p.m. Edward Seidel
The Data and Computer-Driven Transformation of Modern Science[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
July - December, 2011
10/19, 2:00 p.m. Joseph Avron
Baron von Munchhausen and the Cat: Swimming in Curved Space[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
January - June, 2011
5/18, 2:00 p.m. Kenneth Kosik
Encoding Contingency[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5/13, 12:00 p.m. Avi Loeb
Harvard CfA
Future Frontiers in Astrophysics: Suggestions for Young Researchers[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5/11, 2:00 p.m. John Learned
Univ. Hawaii
Review of Discoveries and Preview of Exciting Prospects in the Study of the Ghostly Neutrino[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/30, 2:00 p.m. Peter Mucha
University of North Carolina
Community Detection in Multislice Networks[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/23, 2:00 p.m. Manfred Eigen
Max Planck, Gottingen
The Origin and Evolution of Life: A Physical Problem?[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2/02, 4:00 p.m. Ed Bertschinger
Diversity and Excellence in Physics[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
July - December, 2010
11/03, 2:00 p.m. Chuck Stevens
The Salk Institute
Physics-style Theory Can be Used to Discover a Universal Principle Governing the Design of Neural Network[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10/20, 2:00 p.m. Michael Hausser
Univ. College London
Using Light to Control Behaviour - the Promise of Optogenetics
9/01, 2:00 p.m. Chris Greene
Univ. of Colorado
Universality in Few-body Systems[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
January - June, 2010
4/14, 2:00 p.m. Dieter Luest
Strings at the LHC[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/06, 3:30 p.m. David MacKay
University of Cambridge
Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/24, 2:00 p.m. Robert Brandenberger
McGill Univ. & KITP
Testing String Theory with Cosmological Observations[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/10, 2:00 p.m. Stanley Deser
Brandeis Univ. and Caltech
Quantum Gravity and Its (Dis)contents[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2/02, 4:00 p.m. Walter Kohn
A World Powered Predominantly by Solar and Wind Energy[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2/03, 2:00 p.m. Miguel Eckstein
Linking Neurons to Individual Differences in Perceptual Skill[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
July - December, 2009
11/18, 2:00 p.m. Charles Bennett
Quantum Information and the Birth and Death of Complexity[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
January - June, 2009
5/13, 2:00 p.m. Victor Yakovenko
Univ. of Maryland
New Developments in Statistical Mechanics of Money, Income, and Wealth[Slides][Podcast][Vid][Aud][Cam]
5/06, 2:00 p.m. Robijn Bruinsma
Physics and Mathematics of Cancer Metastasis[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3/25, 2:00 p.m. Zohar Nussinov
Wash Univ.-St. Louis
Glassy Dynamics and Unusual Thermodynamics on Curved Surfaces[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2/25, 2:00 p.m. Rajan Gupta
The Many Faces of the Global Energy Challenge Viewed Through a Global Observatory[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
July - December, 2008
12/10, 2:00 p.m. Zvi Bern
Harmony in Scattering Amplitudes: From Quantum Chromodynamics to Gravity[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12/03, 2:00 p.m. Dennis Atterton, J. Kuchera-Morin
L. Putnam, C. Roads, & B. Sturm
Sonal Atoms - Atomic Decomposition/Composition of Sound and, Experiencing the Quantum Realm - Visualizing and Sonifying the Bloch Sphere and Time Dependent Schrodinger Equation[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10/15, 2:00 p.m. Mehran Kardar
The Elusiveness of Polymer Knots[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10/08, 2:00pm Yoseph Imry
Weizmann Inst. of Science
Slow Relaxation and Aging in the Electron Glass[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9/24, 2:00 p.m. Luca Peliti
Univ. Federico II
The Puzzle of the Evolutionary Dynamics of Influenza[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
8/12, 5:00 p.m. Robert Socolow
Princeton Univ.
Technologies for Living in a Greenhouse[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
January - June, 2008
5/22, 4:00 p.m. John Learned
Univ. of Hawaii
Hanohano: Mobile Neutrino Detectors for Mixing, Masses, Geology, and Reactor Snooping[Slides]
5/21, 2:00 p.m. David Awschalom
Engaging Diamonds in the Quantum Age -- UCSB Faculty Research Lectureship[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/16, 2:00 p.m. Eva Silverstein
Stanford University
Inflationary Theory, String Theory and the CMB[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2/20, 2:00 p.m. Eliezer Rabinovici
Hebrew Univ., Racah Inst
SESAME- Reality or a Parallel Universe?[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2/06, 2:00 p.m. Roni Harnik
The LHC, New Symmetries and New Forces[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
July - December, 2007
8/08, 2:00 p.m. Reinhard Genzel
Max Planck & UC Berkeley
The Nuclear Star Cluster and Central Massive Black Hole[Slides][Podcast][Vid][Aud][Cam]
9/26, 2:00 p.m. Karin Dahmen
Crackling Noise: Learning from Magnets about Earthquakes?[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10/24, 2:00 p.m. Doug Scalapino
UCSB, Physics
The Question of Pairing Glue in the Cuprate Superconductors[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
11/28, 2:00 p.m. David Hitlin
The Future of Heavy Flavor Physics[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
January - June, 2007
4/11, 2:00 p.m. Stefania Tutino
Copernicanism and the Catholic Church in the Early Seventeenth Century: New and Old Science in Context[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5/02, 2:00 p.m. Ed van den Heuvel
University of Amsterdam
The European Discovery of Australia[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5/04, 2:00 p.m. Yves Pomeau
Ecole Normale Sup, Paris
Optical Solitons as Quantum Objects[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5/23, 2:00 p.m. Burkhard Militzer
Carnegie Institution of Washington
Understanding the Interiors and Evolution of Giant Planets Through First-Principles Computer Simulations[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5/30, 2:00 p.m. Gabriela Gonzalez
Searching for Gravitational Waves[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
July - December, 2006
9/20, 2:00 p.m. Prof. Giuseppe Mussardo
Ludwig Boltzmann -- A Disordered Genius[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10/25, 2:00 p.m. Mr. George Johnson
Strange Beauty: The Unauthorized Biography of Murray Gell-Mann[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12/07, 2:00 p.m. Prof. Shri Kulkarni
The Space Interferometer Mission: Parallaxes, Planets and More[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
January - June, 2006
1/11, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Andreas Albrecht
UC Davis
Fun with Dark Energy[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2/08, 2:00 p.m. Dr. David Morrison
Duke University
Decay of False Vacua[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2/15, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Ruth Gregory
University of Durham
It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That String ... or, Can We Really Have Black Strings in Higher Dimensions?[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/12, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Ed van den Heuvel
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Historical Notes on the Dutch and American-Dutch "schools" in Astronomy and Their Relations with Physics[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4/24, 12:15 p.m. Dr. John Clarke
UC Berkeley
Two-Coupled Flux Qubits with Controllable Interaction[Slides]
5/03, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Rajnish Mehra
UCSB & National Bureau of Economic Research
The Equity Premium: Why is it a Puzzle?[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5/10, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Bill Rice
Reproductive Interactions Between the Sexes: Sexual Conflict or Mutualistic Sexual Selection?[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5/17, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Andrew Hamilton
University Colorado
Inside Black Holes[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5/24, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Adrian Parsegian
Van der Waals Forces for Geeks, Geckos, and Grad Students[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
July - December, 2005
9/14, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Dave Morrison
KITP & Duke University
How Much Mathematics Does a Theoretical Physicist Need to Know?[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10/26, 2:00 p.m. Dr. James Bjorken
From Dark Energy to the Multiverse[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
11/09, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Alexei Kitaev
KITP & Microsoft
Anyons in an Exactly Solved Model and Beyond[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
January - June, 2005
1/05, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Ralph Archuleta
Institute for Crustal Studies, UCSB
Earthquakes May be Even More Dangerous: Supershear Rupture Velocities[Slides][Aud][Cam]
1/19, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Albert Libchaber
Some Physical Aspects of the Origin of Life and of Artificial Cells[Slides][Aud][Cam]
1/26, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Ned Wright
Fact and Fiction in the Cosmological Literature[Slides][Aud][Cam]
3/23, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Eric Siggia
Rockefeller University
Computing Evolution and Development from the Genome
4/13, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Sara Diamond
Banff & UCLA
Science and the Art of Visualization[Slides][Aud][Cam]
4/20, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Gary Horowitz
Spacetime in String Theory[Slides][Aud][Cam]
6/01, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Petr Hořava
Universality in Fermi Liquids, D-Branes and K-Theory[Slides][Aud][Cam]
July - December, 2004
8/25, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Tom Siegfried
Reporter, Dallas Morning News
Scientists and Journalists: Worlds in Collision, or Ships Passing in the Dark[Slides][Aud][Cam]
10/20, 2:00 p.m. Dr. W. Patrick McCray
Planning Astronomy's Next Big Machines: Reflections on Some Recent History[Slides][Aud][Cam]
January - June, 2004
1/20, 1:00 p.m. Dr. Bob Kirshner
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
The Stop and Go Universe: Observing the Era of Cosmic Deceleration[Aud][Cam]
1/28, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Nate Lewis
The Future of Power and Energy in the World[Aud][Cam]
2/18, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Arkady Vainshtein
University of Minnesota
Can the Graviton Have Mass?[Aud][Cam]
2/25, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Jeffrey Goldstone
Quantum Algorithms[Aud][Cam]
3/03, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Zvi Bern
Magic Tricks for Scattering Amplitudes[Slides][Aud][Cam]
3/10, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Raphael Bousso
Space, Time and Information[Aud][Cam]
3/10, 4:00 p.m. Dr. David Pine
Colloidal Molecules and Finite Sphere Packings[Aud][Cam]
4/07, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Duncan Haldane
KITP & Princeton
Exotic Photonics[Slides][Aud][Cam]
4/14, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Brad Marston
Brown University
The Quantum Mechanics of Global Warming[Slides][Aud][Cam]
4/21, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Alex Filippenko
Evidence from Type Ia Supernovae for a Decelerating, then Accelerating Universe and Dark Energy[Slides][Aud][Cam]
4/28, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Jason Ho
KITP & Ohio State University
The Exploding Field of Quantum Gases[Aud][Cam]
5/05, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Ila Prasad Fiete
From Neural Activity to Behavior: Dynamics and Learning in the Brain
5/18, 2:15 p.m. Dr. Alain Aspect
Institut d'Optique, Universitaire d'Orsay
Einstein Podolsky Rosen Correlations, Bell's Theorem, and Quantum Entanglement: The Naive View of an Experimentalist[Slides][Aud][Cam]
6/02, 0:00 Dr. Victor Yakovenko
University of Maryland
Statistical Mechanics of Money, Income, and Wealth[Slides][Aud][Cam]
July - December, 2003
7/30, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan
KITP & University of Missouri
A Model for Perceptual Space[Slides][Aud][Cam]
9/10, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Gabriele Veneziano
The Beginning of String Theory or: How Nature Deceived Us in the Sixties[Slides][Aud][Cam]
9/17, 0:00 Dr. Eshel Ben-Jacob
KITP & Tel-Aviv University
Unfolding of Recorded Brain Activity
9/24, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Herbert Levine
Non-Equilibrium Physics Underlying Biological Function: The Case of Bacterial Colony Patterns[Slides][Vid][Aud][Cam]
10/01, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Tom Banks
UC Santa Cruz and Rutgers University
Quantum Theories of Gravity and the Cosmological Constant[Slides][Aud][Cam]
10/15, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Albert Wheelon Corona: The First Reconnaissance Satellites[Aud][Cam]
10/29, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Leda Cosmides, UCSB
Dr. John Tooby, UCSB
Coalitional Psychology and Social Categorization[Aud][Cam]
11/12, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Pierre Coullet
KITP & University of Nice
Hooke and Newton[Aud][Cam]
11/19, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Leonard Sander
University of Michigan
Epidemics, Disorder, and Percolation[Slides][Vid][Aud][Cam]
12/03, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Tamás Vicsek
Eötvös University, Hungary
Networks in Life: From Cellular Metabolism to Co-Authorship[Slides][Aud][Cam]
January - June, 2003
1/16, 2:00 p.m. Dr. David Baltimore
Controlling Gene Expression in Immune Cells and Neurons[Aud][Cam]
1/22, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Lewis Wolpert
University College London
Evolutionary Psychology of Depression[Slides][Aud][Cam]
2/05, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Lewis Wolpert
Triumph of the Embryo[Slides][Aud][Cam]
2/19, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Hong Liu
The Challenging Cosmological Singularity[Slides][Aud][Cam]
3/12, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Ilya Nemenman
A New Kind of Science?[Slides][Aud][Cam]
3/19, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Pierre-Gilles De Gennes
Paris Collège de France & Institute Curie
The Dynamics of Cellular Adhesion[Slides][Aud][Cam]
3/26, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Murray Gell-Mann
Santa Fe Institute
Distant Relationships Among Human Languages[Aud][Cam]
4/16, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Marc Mézard
CNRS - Université Paris Sud
Glass Phases in Optimization Problems[Slides][Aud][Cam]
5/07, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Michael Brenner
The Ongoing Saga Surrounding the Velocity Fluctuations in Sedimentation[Slides][Aud][Cam]
July - December, 2002
9/11, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Barbara Romanowicz
Global Seismic Tomography: A Window into the Earth's Deep Interior[Slides][Aud][Cam]
9/25, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Jim Peebles
Princeton University
Problems with the Standard Cosmological Model[Aud][Cam]
10/02, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Charles Townes
Why Didn't We Have Lasers 25 Years Sooner?[Aud][Cam]
10/09, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Christian Jacob
University of Calgary
If Darwin Had Been a Programmer -- Evolutionary Design by Computers[Aud][Cam]
10/16, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Steve Hsu
Institute of Theoretical Science, University Oregon
Superconductivity in Quark Matter[Slides][Aud][Cam]
10/23, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Lawrence Krauss
Case Western Reserve
Life, The Universe and Nothing: The Future of Life in and Ever-Expanding Universe[Aud][Cam]
11/06, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Julie Theriot
Crawling Cells & Comet Tails[Aud][Cam]
12/04, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Michael Dickinson
How Flies Fly[Aud][Cam]
January - June, 2002
1/9, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Pierre Ramond
Univ of Florida
Neutrinos: Windows Beyond the Standard Model[Slides][Aud][Cam]
1/23, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Washington Taylor
Nonperturbative Approaches to String Theory[Slides]
1/30, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Peter Brewer
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Holding Global Warming in Check? Advances in the Science of Deep Ocean CO2 Sequestration[Slides][Aud][Cam]
1/31, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Philippe Nozières
Institut Laue Langevin
On the Bose Einstein Condensation and Superfluidity[Slides][Aud][Cam]
2/13, 2:00 p.m. Dr. William Rice
Evolutionary Conflict Between the Sexes[Slides][Aud][Cam]
2/14, 11:00 a.m. Dr. Paul Wiegmann
James Franck Institute
Viscous Fingering and a Shape of an Electronic Droplet in the Quantum Hall Regime[Aud][Cam]
2/20, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Alessandra Buonanno
Caltech & Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
Theoretical and Experimental Aspects in the Search for Gravitational Waves[Slides][Aud][Cam]
3/06, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Ben Owen
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
The r-Mode Instability, or: How the Coriolis Force Makes Gravitational Waves[Aud][Cam]
3/13, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Matthew W. Choptuik
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, UBC
Simulating Black Hole Spacetimes: Successes and Challenges[Slides][Vid][Aud][Cam]
3/21, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Sean Carroll
Enrico Fermi Institute
Dark Energy and the Preposterous Universe[Slides][Aud]
4/03, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Stephen Hawking
University of Cambridge
Why Does Inflation Start at the Top of the Hill?[Slides][Aud][Cam]
4/17, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Terrence Sejnowski
Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Salk Institute
Visual Awareness: Back to the Future[Slides][Aud][Cam]
5/15, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Birgitta Whaley
Flying Cryostats: Superfluid Solvation and Molecular Motions in Helium Droplets[Slides][Aud][Cam]
July - December, 2001
9/26, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Serge Haroche
École Normale Supérieure and Collège de France, Paris
Manipulating Entanglement in Cavity QED Experiments[Slides]
10/08, 4:00 p.m. Dr. A. Yacoby
Weizmann Institute
Tunneling Spectroscopy of Elementary Excitation in 1D
10/10, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Mehran Kardar
The `Friction' of Vacuum, and other Fluctuation-Induced Forces[Slides][Aud][Cam]
10/12, 10:30 a.m. Dr. Ilya Nemenman
Predictability, Complexity and Learning[Slides][Aud][Cam]
10/17, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Victor Gurarie
Disorder Symmetry and Universality Classes[Slides][Aud][Cam]
10/19, 2:00 p.m. Dr. J. E. Mooij
ITP & Delft Technical University
Persistent-Current Quantum Bits[Aud][Cam]
10/24, 2:00 p.m. Dr. S. C. Zhang
Stanford University
A Four Dimensional Generalization of the Quantum Hall Effect[Aud][Cam]
11/05, 3:30 p.m. Dr. Neil Turok
A Cyclic Model of the Universe[Aud][Cam]
11/06, 2:30 p.m. Dr. Kay Wiese
Disordered Systems and the Functional Renormalization Group[Slides][Aud][Cam]
11/14, 2:00 p.m. Dr. J. E. Mooij
ITP & Delft University of Technology
Macroscopic Quantum Effects in Josephson Junction Circuits[Aud][Cam]
11/19, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Boris Shraiman
Bell Labs
Statistical Mechanics in Modeling of Transcription Control Networks
11/28, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Art Wolfe
Does the Fine Structure Constant Vary Over Cosmological Time Scales?[Slides][Aud]
12/12, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Mark Raizen
ITP & University of Texas
New Frontiers in Controlling Matter with Light[Slides][Aud][Cam]
January - June, 2001
2/14, 2:00 p.m. Dr. David Kleinfeld
Phase Oscillators and Traveling Electrical Waves in Cortex[Slides][Aud]
2/28, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Steven Girvin
ITP & Indiana University
Physical Realizations of Quantum Bits: Trapped Ions and Cooper Pair Boxes[Slides][Aud]
3/14, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Angela Olinto
U. Chicago
The Highest Energy Cosmic Rays[Slides][Aud]
3/21, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Henry W. Sobel
University of California, Irvine
Neutrino Mass from Super-Kamiokande[Slides][Aud]
4/11, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Michael Peskin
A Decade of Precision Electroweak Experiments[Slides][Aud]
4/13, 3:30 p.m. Dr. Michael H. Freedman
A Two-Dimensional Antiferromagnet Which "Knows" Chern-Simons Theory[Slides][Aud][Cam]
4/18, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Thomas Junk
Searches for the Higgs Boson at LEP[Slides][Aud]
5/18, 11:00 a.m. Dr. Alain Connes
Noncommutative Geometry[Aud]
5/23, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Alex Filippenko
UC Berkeley
Einstein's Biggest Blunder? The Case for an Accelerating Universe[Slides][Aud]
5/30, 2:00 p.m. Dr. John Schwarz
Early History of String Theory: A Personal Perspective[Slides][Aud]
August - December, 2000
8/30, 2:00 p.m. Dr. John Friedman
ITP & University Wisconsin
Gravity Waves from Fast Pulsars: Surprise and Speculation[Slides][Aud]
9/13, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Neil Turok
Cambridge University
Before Inflation[Slides][Aud]
9/27, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Mark Newman
Center for Applied Mathematics, Cornell University & Santa Fe Institute
The Structure of Scientific Collaboration Networks[Slides][Aud]
10/11, 0:00 Dr. H. Orland
ITP & Saclay
Protein Folding: Simple Models[Slides][Aud][Cam]
10/18, 0:00 Dr. Steven Girvin
ITP & Indiana University
Physics of "Which Layer?" Uncertainty[Slides][Aud][Cam]
10/25, 2:00 p.m. Dr. James Cordes
ITP & Cornell
Extraterrestrial Intelligence? Should We Search For It?[Slides][Aud]
11/08, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Kevin Plaxco
Protein Folding Kinetics Made Simple(r)[Slides][Aud]
11/15, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Darwin Chang
Overview on CP Violation[Slides][Aud]
11/29, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Raymond Jeanloz
High-Pressure Physics and Planetary Interiors[Slides][Aud]
12/6, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Donald G. Saari
University of California, Irvine
An Election Year Mess! Finding Relief through Tools of Chaos and Symmetry from Physics and Mathematics[Slides][Aud]
January - June, 2000
1/19, 12:30 p.m. Dr. Luciano Pietronero
Non Adiabatic Super Conductivity in Fullerenes and Oxides[Slides][Aud]
1/26, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Rene Ong
University of Chicago
Astronomy of the Very High Energy Universe[Slides][Aud]
2/2, 2:00 p.m. Dr. John Huchra
ITP & Harvard Smithsonian CfA
Mapping the Nearby Universe: Cosmic Flows, the Density Field and the 2 Micron All Sky Survey[Slides][Aud]
2/9, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Eric Siggia
Analysis of Gene Expression in Yeast[Slides]
2/16, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Marc Kamionkowski
The First 10-36 Seconds[Aud]
3/8, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Akikazu Hashimoto
Non-Commutative Geometry[Slides][Aud]
3/22, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Harald Fritzsch
Universitaet Muenchen
The Problem of Mass for Quarks and Leptons[Slides][Aud]
4/5, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Leslie Rosenberg
Searching for Dark Matter Axions[Aud]
4/6, 3:30 p.m. Dr. Michael Freedman
Quantum Computation and the Localization of Modular Functors[Slides][Aud]
4/26, 2:00 p.m. Professor J. C. Seamus Davis
Imaging the Effects on Superconductivity of Individual Impurity Atoms[Aud]
5/3, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Meg Urry
Blazars, Jets, and the Black Hole - Galaxy Connection[Slides][Aud]
5/17, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Keith Moffatt
ITP & Cambridge
Euler's Disk: A Physics Toy; Theory and Experiment[Aud]
6/7, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Henry Abarbanel
U.C. San Diego
Small Networks of Biological and Electronic Neurons[Slides][Aud]
July-December, 1999
7/27 10:15 a.m. Dr. Amanda Peet
Recent Developments in String Theory[Slides]
9/29, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Steve Kivelson
UCLA and Stanford
Stripe Phases in High-Temperature Superconductors[Slides][Aud]
10/6, 2:00 p.m. Dr. E. Sterl Phinney
LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna):the Gravitational Wave Detector Both Physicists and Astronomers Can Love[Aud]
10/20, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Paul Hansma
UCSB Physics Dept.
Single Molecule Biomechanics: A Theoretical Opportunity?[Slides][Aud]
11/3, 2:00 p.m. Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Dr. Curtis Roads
CREATE, Department of Music, UCSB
New Frontiers in Electronic Music
12/1, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Lev Okun
ITEP, Russia
Mass, Photons, Gravity[Aud]
12/6, 2:00 p.m. Dr. William Clark
Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, UCLA
Sex and the Origin of Death[Slides][Aud]
January - June, 1999
Time Speaker Title
2/24 2:00 p.m. Dr. Walter Kohn
UCSB Physics
Electronic Structure of Matter: Wave Functions and Density Functionals[Aud]
3/3 2:00 p.m. Dr. James Langer
UCSB Physics
How Solids Break[Aud]
3/24 2:00 p.m. Dr. Thibault Damour
IHES, France
Experimental Tests of Relativistic Gravity[Slides][Aud]
4/14 2:00 p.m. Dr. James Bardeen
ITP & Univ Washington
Fractal Landscape with Fractal Rivers[Slides][Aud]
4/21 2:00 p.m. Dr. Frank Wilczek
QCD in Extreme Conditions
4/28 2:00 p.m. Dr. John Wikswo
Vanderbilt Univ.
Cardiac Electrodynamics - the Good, the Bad, the Non-linear[Slides][Aud]
4/29 2:00 p.m. Dr. John Wikswo
Vanderbilt Univ.
Wavevector Dynamics and Reentrant Activation in the Heart
5/5 2:00 p.m. Dr. Deborah Fygenson
Why is a Microtubule a Tube?[Slides][Aud]
5/13 3:00 p.m. Dr. Marcel Franz
Johns Hopkins Univ.
Dirac Fermions, Gauge Fields, and the Mixed-state Electronic Structure of the High T_c Cuprates
5/20 3:30 p.m. Dr. Martin Zirnbauer
ITP & Universitat Koln
Conformal Field Theory of the Integer Quantum Hall Plateau Transition
6/2 2:00 p.m. Dr. Savas Dimopoulos
Physics Dept.
Sub-millimeter Size Dimensions and Quantum Gravity at a TeV[Slides][Aud]
September - December, 1998
Time Speaker Title
11/4 2:00 Dr. Mark Srednicki
UCSB, Physics
Many Body Quantum Chaos[Slides][Aud]
11/18 2:00 p.m. Dr. Brad Marston
ITP & Brown Univ
The Quantum Mechanics of Global Warming[Slides][Aud]
January - June, 1998
Time Speaker Title
2/19 2:00 Dr. Christine Davies
Univ of Glasgow
The Physics of Bottom and Charm: Theory Confronts Experiment[Slides]
2/20 3:00 Dr. Chris Quigg
Physics with a Millimole of Muons[Slides][Aud]
2/25 2:00 Dr. Leon Balents
From meV to MeV and Back: Capitalizing on Field Theory in One-dimensional Correlated Insulators[Slides]
3/4 2:00 Dr. Philip Lubin
The Next Generation Cosmic Microwave Background Measurements and What We Hope to Learn About the Early Universe[Slides][Aud]
3/10 4:00 Dr. Stephen Shenker
ITP & Rutgers
M Theory and Matrix Mechanics[Slides]
3/18 2:00 Dr. Anthony Leggett
ITP & Univ of Illinois
Does the Everyday World Really Obey Quantum Mechanics?[Slides][Aud]
4/1 1:30 Dr. Andrew Strominger
ITP & Harvard
Six-Dimensional String Theories[Slides]
4/8 2:00 Dr. Leo Radzihovsky
Univ of Colorado
Elasticity, Shape Fluctuations and Phase Transitions of Anisotropic Membranes[Slides][Aud]
4/15 2:00 Dr. Stephen Hawking
ITP & Cambridge Univ
Inflation: An Open and Shut Case[Slides][Aud]
5/6 2:00 Dr. Steven Kivelson
Topological Doping[Slides][Aud]
5/8 2:00 Dr. N. Katherine Hayles
How We Became Posthuman: Humanistic Implications of Recent Research into Cognitive Science and Artificial Life[Slides][Aud]
5/20 2:00 Dr. Leda Cosmides
UCSB, Evolutionary Psychology
Dr. John Tooby
UCSB, Anthropology Dept.
Has Natural Selection Shaped How Humans Reason?[Aud]

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