The Eternal Sky, Part 2: The Hunt for Inflation The Simons Observatory will offer insights into the origins of the universe. The second in a series. https://www.simonsfoundation.org/2017/10/03/the-eternal-sky-2/
Here’s a link to my talk in the Plenary session “Physics, Cosmology and Consciousness” at Consciousness 2017 on YouTube
The CW6 did a nice piece on the San Diego Comic Art Gallery event I did on 12 August 2016. Here’s a poor quality video from the event!
A fun time was had by scientists, teachers, and artists at Comic Con 2016. Video from the event is available here.
I gave a talk at the lovely Golden Door Spa in San Diego. The Golden Door is a sumptuous spa and I am fortunate to be a member of their Speakers Series. A transcript of my conversation with the Director of the Golden Door, Kathy Van Ness, is available here.
Interview for CBS News: Mysterious light in night sky sends Californians into tizzy!
A nice video from CBS News on my work installing BICEP at the South Pole:
I was honored that the poem “Accounts” by UC San Diego Professor, and Pulitzer Prizewinner, Rae Armantrout, was inspired by and and dedicated to me! It appears in this book on the Best American Poetry of 2012.
My work on BICEP at the South Pole is featured in this wonderful science book for middle school children by Sara Latta called “Ice Scienctist“. I am “Chapter 6: South Pole Time Machine”!
My conversation with David Brin and Andy Friedman at UC San Diego’s Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination on “The Physics of Free Will” is available here.
It was a thrill to participate in a day long program at UC San Diego in honor of Galileo’s 450th birthday in 2014. This event, was an exciting, interdisciplinary event presented by The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. Our Panel Discussion was moderated by Sheldon Brown with: Dr. Jay Pasachoff (Astronomy, Williams College), Dr. Stephanie Jed (Literature, UCSD), Dr. Renee Raphael (History, UC Irvine) and Dr. Shlomo Dubnov (Music, UCSD). It featured an inspiring performance by “The Musicians In Ordinary for the Lutes and Voices” playing the music of Galileo’s age.
A delightful conversation, held at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, can be found here. It took place on Aug 4, 2014 and was called “Exploring the Multiverse in Modern Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Beyond”, a discussion about the multiverse in modern astrophysics, and cosmology. Discussants were Andrew Friedman (MIT, Astronomy), myself and David Brin (Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Author).
My first encounter with Galileo and Science Fiction can be found Here. It featured one of my favorite authors: Kim Stanley Robinson who creates a portrait of Galileo’s life in which he combines historic research with science fiction tropes to show the impact and challenges of paradigm shifts and their very human origins. One of the sources for this work is the research of Mario Biagioli, who will discuss the importance of Robinson’s approach to historians of science and interrelationships between science studies and science fiction. Additionally, UCSD Professor of Physics Brian Keating will describe his observations of the early universe made with a version of Galileo’s refractor telescope, which is sensitive to radio-waves, instead of visible light. This telescope located in Antarctica, has made ultra-sensitive images of the afterglow of the Big Bang. He will show images of the early universe as well as data from observations of Jupiter made with a new UCSD telescope, and will discuss techniques to peer deeper into the universe, standing on Galileo’s shoulders. All will be framed by films of high resolution images produced by Sheldon Brown of the four Jovian moons discovered by Galileo some 400 years ago. This event was organized by Don Wayne, Provost of Revelle College. Co-Sponsored by: California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), Clarion Writers Workshop, Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA), The Council of Provosts, Department of Literature, Division of Arts and Humanities, Division of Physical Sciences, Revelle College.
2009: BICEP @ Perimeter Institute