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What is Time?

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Sunday, June 2, 2013
4:00 PM
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What Is Time? When you’re having fun, time flies, but when you’re bored, time moves like molasses. Do animals experience time like we do? How about time travel? Is it possible? What did Einstein figure out about time? Experts on physics, psychology and animal cognition take a crack at answering these complex questions with the help of actor and science lover Alan Alda and an audience full of curious kids like you.

This program is in association with the Flame Challenge, an annual contest held by Alan Alda and Stony Brook University’s Center for Communicating Science. The winner of the 2013 Flame Challenge, “What is Time?” was announced at the end of the program.   

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  • Alan Alda

    Alan Alda, a six-time Emmy Award–winner, played Hawkeye Pierce on the classic television series, M*A*S*H, and appeared in continuing roles on ER, The West Wing, and 30 Rock. His long-time interest in science and in promoting a greater public understanding of science led to his hosting the award-winning PBS series Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years, on which he interviewed hundreds of scientists from around the world. More »


  • Alexandra Horowitz

    Psychologist Alexandra Horowitz is a professor of psychology at Barnard College, Columbia University and author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know and On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes. More »
  • Lawrence Rosenblum

    Psychologist Lawrence Rosenblum is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of See What I'm Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses. More »
  • Max Tegmark

    Physicist Known as "Mad Max" for his unorthodox ideas and passion for adventure, Max Tegmark's scientific interests range from precision cosmology to the ultimate nature of reality. More »