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The Science of Star Trek

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Friday, June 4, 2010
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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The original Star Trek and its numerous successors were far ahead of their time, but just how far? Will science eventually catch up to this series’ nearly five-decade-old creations? With Lawrence Krauss, Eric Horvitz, Seth Shostak and moderator Faith Salie, explore the plausibility of scientific phenomena from the Star Trek universe, including warp speed, time travel, humanoid aliens and whether anyone in our universe will be “beamed up” by transporter anytime soon.


  • Faith Salie

    Faith Salie is a contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning and a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. A veteran of public radio, she co-hosts the podcast RelationShow, which often takes an irreverently scientific look at love, sex, and relationships. More »


  • Eric Horvitz

    Computer Scientist Researching the theoretical and practical impact of computational systems that perceive, learn, reason, and reflect, Eric Horvitz has pursued principles and methods that enable computing systems to reason about their own cognition and to make decisions amidst the complexities and uncertainties of an “open world.” More »
  • Lawrence M. Krauss

    Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, and Author Internationally known theoretical physicist and best-selling author Lawrence Krauss has focused his research on the intersection of cosmology and elementary particle physics. Dr. Krauss’s work addresses questions about the origin of matter in the universe. More »
  • Seth Shostak

    Astronomer Seth Shostak is an astronomer, lecturer and the author and editor of several books, including the 2009 Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence(National Geographic. More »