Kick off summer with the World Science Festival!

For the fourth year in a row, the World Science Festival comes to New York City to bring together the brightest scientific minds and inspire people with the wonders of science.  New York University is proud to be a host of the festival, which takes place June 1 - 5.  The festival will feature 50 events in scientific disciplines ranging from astronomy, physics, and genetics to neuroscience, robotics, and mathematics in venues on the NYU campus and throughout New York City.

Watch the video below to get a taste of what the World Science Festival has to offer:

Here's a quick look at just a few of the fascinating events taking place:

Mysteries of the Mathematical Universe
Friday, June 3, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Tishman Auditorium, New School
Mathematical mysteries have challenged humanity’s most powerful thinkers and inspired passionate, lifelong obsessions in search of answers. Join a whirlwind tour to the boundaries of the mathematical universe, and explore the deep puzzles that have been solved, the masterminds who powered the breakthroughs, and the towering challenges that have shaken the confidence of some of today’s most accomplished mathematicians.

Keeping Secrets: Cryptography in a Connected World
Saturday, June 4, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
Since the earliest days of communication, clever minds have devised methods for enciphering messages to shield them from prying eyes. Today, cryptography has become a sophisticated scientific art—combining mathematics, physics, computer science, and electrical engineering. From email to banking transactions, modern cryptography is used everywhere. What’s the underlying science and does it really protect us?

Man-Made Minds: Living with Thinking Machines
Saturday, June 4, 2011 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Through its dramatic triumph on Jeopardy!, IBM’s WATSON supercomputer recently showed the world that machines are capable of feats we’ve long considered distinctly human. In this program, see it for yourself. Join WATSON and a world-renowned panel of roboticists and computer scientists, as they demonstrate and explore the rise of man-made minds. 

View the complete schedule of events.