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The latest headlines from our world-changing keynote speakers

science | Sep 25th, 2018

Getting Curious with New Speaker, Scientist and Former Daily Planet Co-Host Dan Riskin

To evolutionary biologist, TV host, and bestselling author Dan Riskin, picking his scientific focus was easy. “I had a crush on bats,” he says. “I thought they were cute!” Maybe you don’t share the sentiment, but there’s a strong chance that you feel passionate about something, and that passion can... Continue Reading →
science | Jun 8th, 2018

Nat Geo is Developing a TV Series based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures—Margot Lee Shetterly’s runaway New York Times bestseller and the inspiration for the Academy Award nominated film—is being developed by the original producers into a series for Nat Geo, National Geographic’s cable channel. Shetterly’s book recounts the true story of the black women... Continue Reading →
science | Apr 4th, 2018

At the Intersection of Art and Science: 3 Speakers Show Us New Ways of Seeing the World

Art and science have long enjoyed a fruitful partnership (da Vinci, anyone?) and Lavin’s speakers are no exception to the rule. In light of the release of physicist and writer Alan Lightman’s latest novel, Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine, we rounded up three of our speakers whose work... Continue Reading →
science | Oct 3rd, 2017

Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to Lavin Speaker Kip Thorne for History-Making Discovery of Gravitational Waves

One of the most innovative and influential scientists of our era, Kip Thorne has won the Nobel Prize for making vital predictions to identify gravitational waves and discern their signals from surrounding data.  Thorne, the Feynman professor of theoretical physics at California Institute of... Continue Reading →
science | Sep 21st, 2016

Mapping the Heavens: Introducing New Speaker Priyamvada Natarajan

Astronomy is the people’s science, says Priyamvada Natarajan—the sky belongs to everyone. A theoretical physicist based out of Yale University, Natarajan studies the mysteries of the cosmos that are revealing themselves to us day by day: invisible dark matter, which takes up nearly one-third of... Continue Reading →
science | Sep 8th, 2016

The Globe: Levitin’s A Field Guide to Lies Is “Smart, Timely, and Massively Useful”

Daniel Levitin has written three consecutive New York Times bestsellers—This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, and The Organized Mind. This week, he’s launched yet another fascinating, must-read book. His newest effort is called A Field Guide to Lies, and it’s already earned a glowing... Continue Reading →
science | Apr 5th, 2016

#AskASpeaker #11: Twitter Q&A with Janna Levin

On Thursday, March 31, we spoke with cosmologist, author, and TED Speaker Janna Levin as part of our ongoing #AskASpeaker series: live Q&As on Twitter with our social media-savvy speakers. Levin’s currently promoting her recently-published third book, Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer... Continue Reading →
science | Feb 28th, 2016

Frontier Discoveries: Introducing New Speaker Allan Adams

For theoretical physicist Allan Adams, ‘innovation’ isn’t just some business-oriented buzzword; it’s the essential spirit that drives his work. Not only can he explain the most exciting discoveries in physics and cosmology—as evidenced in his absorbing TED Talks and MIT lectures—but he can make even... Continue Reading →
science | Feb 16th, 2016

First Look: Janna Levin’s New Book, Black Hole Blues

Hot on the heels of the astounding discovery of gravitational waves comes Janna Levin’s newest book, Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space. Available on March 29, Black Hole Blues is the authoritative story of the scientific campaign to record the soundtrack of our universe, told in... Continue Reading →
science | Feb 10th, 2016

The Music of the Cosmos: Janna Levin and Songs from Outer Space

After decades of searching, scientists have finally detected gravitational waves from black holes—a discovery that confirms another aspect of Einstein’s theory of relativity, and marks a moment in science comparable to the discovery of the Higgs particle or the DNA sequence. For Lavin keynote... Continue Reading →
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