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2013 Press

  • “Ecologists and oceanographers will ask what whales can reveal about Arctic melting, doctors will speculate on the future of nanomedicine, and cosmologists will examine the nature of time.”
    World Science Festival; Cicada Songs; Coffee, Deconstructed
    The New York Times (May 6, 2013)
  • “Alan Alda will headline talks at the World Science Festival.”
    A Concrete Plane, the ‘Nectar Mops’ of Bats and More
    The New York Times (May 13, 2013)
  • “Mr. Rothenberg will perform again on June 1 during the World Science Festival, participating in a cicada-related event at the New York Botanical Garden.”
    A Concert 17 Years in the Making
    The New York Times (May 21, 2013)
  • “Food and science have gone together since before Isaac Newton, so it’s no surprise that several sessions are devoted to food at the World Science Festival.”
    Front Burner—“To Learn: It’s O.K. to Play With Your Food”
    The New York Times (May 28, 2013)
  • “Comparing walrus and warthog teeth, coding a computer game and making music with cicadas are among the unusual children’s activities at this annual festival, whose investigations range from below the earth to distant galaxies.”
    Spare Times for Children for May 31-June 6
    The New York Times (May 30, 2013)
  • “There are a few acts of nature, such as the passage of Halley’s comet or the transit of Venus, that are so rare and so dramatic as to seem like metaphors for the virtues of patience itself…the arrival of the 17-year cicadas may be the grossest.”
    An Invasion of 17-Year-Olds, Loud, Lusty and Six-Legged
    The New York Times (June 7, 2013)
  • “As it happens, Koch, McGinn, and I will be discussing these questions at the World Science Festival at N.Y.U., the site of one of Woody Allen’s most famous stand-up lines: ‘I was thrown out of N.Y.U. in my freshman year for cheating on my metaphysics exam,’ he says, because ‘I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.’”
    The Riddle of Consciousness
    The New Yorker (May 28, 2013)
  • “Maxime Bilet’s ‘Noble Roots’ dish contained roasted, caramelized and glazed roots, pressure-cooked seeds and aromatic carotene oil.”
    A Meeting of Food and Science Minds
    The Wall Street Journal (June 2, 2013)
  • “The event was the first dinner of its kind for the World Science Festival, now in its sixth year, attracting celebrities including ‘Modern Family’ star Sofía Vergara and ‘Chopped’ host Ted Allen.”
    Testing and Tasting the Science of Food
    The Wall Street Journal (June 2, 2013)
  • “We boarded a ferry bound for that distant fifth borough…Hosted by the Staten Island Museum, the evening promised insect-themed beverages and a thorough education on the 17-year cicadas’ mysterious breeding habits.”
    Insects Party: How Cicadas Get Their Freak On
    New York Observer (June 4, 2013)
  • “Shhh: Your kids might actually learn something while having fun at this five‐day educational celebration.”
    World Science Festival
    Time Out New York Kids (April 22, 2013)
  • “The Ultimate Science Street Fair…turns Washington Square Park into an interactive outdoor laboratory…the one day of the year where even the artsiest wee ones can become astrophysicists- and archaeologists-in-training.”
    Best things to do at the World Science Festival 2013
    Time Out New York Kids (May 29, 2013)
  • “Young scientists-in-training came out in droves for the Ultimate Science Street Fair on Sunday, June 2, in Washington Square Park…Kids of all ages flexed their scientific muscles with hands-on experiments and games like anti-gravity simulations and a make-your-own perfume project.”
    See photos from the Ultimate Science Street Fair
    Time Out New York Kids (June 3, 2013)
  • “The World Science Festival gives kids a chance to get hands-on experience with science…. This year’s event featured nine workshops that allowed kids to interact with scientists and learn more about what they do.”
    Spotlight on Science
    Time for Kids (June 7, 2013)
  • “The nature of time, like the nature of a flame, is easy to experience but tricky to explain scientifically — and that’s exactly why the Flame Challenge took on time as the subject of its second annual contest for explanations that would make sense to 11-year-olds.”
    ‘What is time?’ These grade-school explanations take the prize
    NBC News (June 3, 2013)
  • “‘Spooky Action…’ is Brian Greene’s entrancing journey through the history of the elusive and apparently hyperkinetic electron particle from 1897 to the present. Greene has a knack for explaining complex theories in plain language.”
    Star Physicist’s Spooky Drama; Malkovich’s Casanova: Review
    Bloomberg Businessweek (May 31, 2013)
  • “Let out your inner geek—Brian Greene’s 6th Annual World Science Festival is underway, bringing together experts in such varied fields as quantum mechanics, nanomedicine, infinity and consciousness.”
    NYC Weekend: Malkovich’s Casanova, Billy Idol, Lang Lang
    Bloomberg Businessweek (May 31, 2013)
  • “The once-every-17-years arrival of these Magicicadas is a rare and beautiful event, something that above all must be experienced to be understood.”
    Tuning In to the Music of Cicadas
    The Huffington Post (May 24, 2013)
  • “I have the honor of moderating an incredible panel discussion at the NY Historical Society as part of the World Science Festival. We will be looking at the progress that has been made to understand AIDS, how that was accomplished, and what it will take to finally end the AIDS epidemic.”
    30 Years in the Fight Against AIDS
    The Huffington Post (May 30, 2013)
  • “Is science literature an essential tool for democratizing research, or is it a relic of a pre-internet age? During the excellent World Science Festival…I sensed this unspoken question percolating ...and I was intrigued.”
    Lunch Date Dilemma: Little Black Book of Scientists or Little Colorful Book of Sci-lit?
    The Huffington Post (June 25, 2013)
  • “We got a chance to taste some re-created ancient brews at The Bell House thanks to the World Science Festival….They recreate ancient beers based on molecular analysis of containers found at archaeological sites.”
    Here’s What 9,000-Year-Old Beers Taste Like
    Business Insider (June 4, 2013)
  • “One day, we might sue our grandparents for their bad habits. Journalist Bill Blakemore and three scientists gathered to discuss this emerging field of research—called epigenetics—at the World Science Festival.”
    Everything We Do Is Reprogramming Our Genome
    Business Insider (June 7, 2013)
  • “A new world of science is emerging — one where average people are encouraged to participate, relying on help from a web-based community of amateur and professional scientists to initiate and build their own science projects online.”
    The Coolest Projects We Saw At NYC’s First Science Hack Day
    Business Insider (June 8, 2013)
  • “Thousands of years before Germany laid down its beer law, humans in every great civilization were experimenting with booze and letting their inebriated imaginations soar.”
    Getting Drunk Like the Ancients Did
    Popular Mechanics (May 31, 2013)
  • “Infinity: The word itself belies the immensity of the concept that philosophers, mathematicians, theologians, and physicists have grappled with for thousands of years…At the World Science Festival in New York, a panel of experts tried to grapple with this slippery concept.”
    A Brief History of Infinities
    Popular Mechanics (June 3, 2013)
  • “A panel of experts at the World Science Festival here in New York parsed through challenges such undertakings pose for science and technology.”
    4 Hurdles to Making a Digital Human Brain
    Live Science (June 1, 2013)
  • “Someday soon, judgments of guilt or innocence in a courtroom might be determined from a brain scan…But how reliable is the science, and should it determine criminal fate? A panel of scientists and legal experts discussed these issues at the World Science Festival.”
    Brain Images Could Reveal Guilt
    Discovery (June 4, 2013)
  • “Fans of Brian Greene’s NOVA programs…will no doubt enjoy what amounts to a 90-minute live episode. Kicking off the 2013 World Science Festival, the show…provides an entertaining and thought-provoking journey through the strange reality of quantum mechanics.”
    Spooky Action on Broadway: A Quantum Drama by Brian Greene
    Scientific American (May 30, 2013)
  • “If you happen to be in New York this week, check out the World Science Festival co-founded by Brian Greene!”
    On The Verge with ‘The Elegant Universe’ author Brian Greene
    The Verge (May 29, 2013)
  • “Actor Alan Alda has been a strong proponent of science and science education. He returned to Good Day NY on Friday along with scientist Brian Greene to talk about the 6th Annual World Science Festival underway across New York City.”
    World Science Festival
    Good Day New York (May 29, 2013)
  • “It’s not easy to popularize theoretical physics, but Brian Greene, one of the world’s best-known scientists, has managed to do just that. Greene, a best-selling author, co-founded the World Science Festival, an annual event to inspire and engage the public in scientific research.”
    Science education is failing to inspire students, says physicist Brian Greene
    MPR News (May 29, 2013)
  • “A night of nanospectacular wonders, hosted by Robert Krulwich, live from the World Science Festival…Watch below, and join two Radiolab producers for a live chat.”
    Live video and chat: Cellular Surgeons
    Radiolab (May 30, 2013)
  • “Watch an interdisciplinary group of thinkers grapple with the meaning of infinity in this World Science Festival event from New York University.”
    Does Infinity Really Exist?
    Scientific American (May 31, 2013)

2012 Press

  • “My experience as a scientist is that, in order to push the boundaries of knowledge, you need to go where people tell you not to go.”
    My Father’s Day wish: Curious children
    CNN (June 13, 2012)
  • “What we usually think about when we think about vaccines is our own immunity. But what we need to think about is vaccines as a global immune system.”
    Researchers at Annual Science Fest Hail Universal Vaccines
    Forbes (June 5, 2012)
  • “For all of Google’s intelligence, it is still simply learning by rote - just recalling and matching patterns in the information pumped into it.”
    Why Google is nowhere near as clever as a rat - but one day, even your smartphone will be smarter than you
    Daily Mail (June 5, 2012)
  • “In terms of computational ability, even the most-powerful computers in the world are just approaching that of an insect.”
    A Rat is Smarter Than Google
    Yahoo! News (June 4, 2012)
  • “I would be happy in my lifetime to build a machine as intelligent as a rat.”
    Is a rat smarter than Google? That’s what two AI experts say (June 4, 2012)
  • “Science can be fun and exciting, right? Well, when you explain it like experts at the World Science Festival do, children say it can be amazing.”
    NYC Plays Host To World Science Festival
    NY1 (June 2, 2012)
  • “The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.”
    Alan Alda and Dr. Harold Varmus on the World Science Festival
    The Leonard Lopate Show (June 1, 2012)
  • “What new technological and cultural forms will we need to acquire to cope with a water-scarce future?”
    ‘Surface Tension’ Show At Eyebeam NYC Gallery Spotlights Water, Design
    The Huffington Post (June 2, 2012)
  • “How do you get what’s known through science to be understood by the public?”
    World Science Festival
    Good Day NY (June 1, 2012)
  • “We sometimes think issues with water shortage is just something we just see in the developing world or sub-Saharan Africa but actually there are a lot of those issues a lot closer to home”
    Chelsea Exhibit Floods Viewers With New Uses For Water
    NY 1 (May 31, 2012)
  • “The evening’s host Alan Alda had spent an hour juggling presentations from Debra Monk, physicist Brian Greene, the MOMIX modern dance company, LeVar Burton and others.”
    The 2012 World Science Festival Gala: Our Alternate Universe Questions for LeVar Burton and Alan Alda
    The New York Observer (May 31, 2012)
  • “Alda has challenged scientists to explain a flame to an eleven year old, with a 6,000 eleven-year-olds worldwide serving as judges for the best explanatio”
    Alan Alda Talks Science With Stephen Colbert
    The Huffington Post (May 31, 2012)
  • “Actor Alan Alda discusses good business models, the World Science Festival and his international Flame Challenge.”
    Alan Alda
    The Colbert Report (May 30, 2012)
  • “Alan Alda talks about The Flame Challenge from the 5th Annual World Science Festival.”
    Joan Hamburg Show
    WOR Radio (May 30, 2012)
  • “Guests included LeVar Burton, Boaz Almog, Debra Monk and Alan Alda”
    2012 World Science Festival: 5th Anniversay Gala Celebration “A Performing Arts Salute to Science”
    Guest of a Guest (May 30, 2012)
  • “Lab skills were the hot social currency Tuesday night at a gala for this year’s World Science Festival.”
    Revenge of the Nerds at World Science Festival
    The Wall Street Journal (May 30, 2012)
  • “We have the most important scientists and the best communicators making science available to the public in an exciting way.”
    Alan Alda on the World Science Festival
    The Joan Hamburg Show (May 30, 2012)
  • “The kids, when they were judging [Alan Alda’s Flame Challenge], weren’t judging it based on what was the most entertaining answer, but what would they learn from it.”
    Alan Alda discusses the World Science Festival with Stephen Colbert
    The Colbert Report (May 30, 2012)
  • “Performers included Joshua Bell, Paige Faure, Drew Gehling, Rose Hemingway, Debra Monk, Eryn Murman, James Naughton, Abbey O’Brien, Teal Wicks, and Yasmine Lee and Steven Ezra Marshall of Momix.”
    PHOTO FLASH: Alan Alda, Joshua Bell, LeVar Burton, Debra Monk at World Science Festival Gala
    Theater Mania (May 29, 2012)
  • “Robots are invading New York, and that’s not all!”
    World Science Festival in NYC
    PIX 11 (May 29, 2012)
  • “We want to shift science to the cultural center.”
    Getting your ‘geek’ on with the World Science Festival – physicist Brian Greene on the importance of making science ‘cool’
    CNN (May 29, 2012)
  • “If the robot is taking care of your dad when he’s old, are you being irresponsible?”
    New Sci-Fi Movie Creates Future Where Robots Are Servants
    NY1 (May 29, 2012)
  • “Time to get your geek on!”
    Festival Aims to Make Science ‘Cool’
    CNN (May 29, 2012)
  • “It’s a Greek tragedy of scientific proportions.”
    World Science Festival To Open With Re-Invention Of Icarus Tale
    NY1 (May 25, 2012)
  • “Dr. Greene wants you to know just how bizarre reality became in the last century.”
    When Science Seems Like Magic
    The New York Times (May 24, 2012)
  • “The 2012 World Science Festival, running May 30-June 3, presents more than 50 events, performances, lectures and special exhibitions, at venues throughout New York City.”
    Alan Alda, Joshua Bell, James Naughton, Debra Monk Set for World Science Festival Gala
    Theater Mania (May 22, 2012)
  • “The festival seeks to attract leading scientific minds, renowned artists and influential thinkers to present science in novel ways, attracting a broad audience from music lovers to science geeks.”
    ‘Icarus at the Edge of Time’ Opens the 2012 World Science Festival
    MetroFocus (May 21, 2012)



2011 Press

  • “We’re the victims of our own tendency to expect that a series that looks satisfyingly random to us”
    A primer on probability and chance
    Ars Technica (June 8, 2011)
  • “Watson’s creator gathered with other computer scientists”
    Man-Made Machines showcased at the 2011 World Science Festival
    Popular Mechanics (June 8, 2011)
  • “I’ve been thinking about jazz not so much as a destination but as a process”
    When the Melody Takes a Detour, the Science Begins
    NY Times (June 6, 2011)
  • ”...a society that decides it will only support applied science and not waste money on pure science is likely to wind up with neither.”
    Steven Weinberg calls on Americans to support research
    Science (June 6, 2011)
  • “At New York’s World Science Festival, experts dissected how science can arrest aging, extend human life, and erase traumatic memories”
    An in-depth look at some of the 2011 Festival events
    The Daily Beast (June 5, 2011)
  • “Inquiring Minds on Governors Island”
    Children of all ages discover the world around them
    NY Times (June 5, 2011)
  • "In Love With Marie"
    Alan Alda’s op-ed that discusses his inspiration for "Radiance"
    The Huffington Post (May 31, 2011)
  • "Alan Alda Shares His Passion"
    Interview with Alan Alda about "Radiance" and the World Science Festival
    Theater Mania (May 31, 2011)
  • "World Science Festival: Dark Matter, Cryptography and Getting Old"
    Information about the World Science Festival and quotes from Brian Greene
    WNYC Culture (May 30, 2011)
  • "This Week in New York: World Science Festival"
    "A series of smarty-pants seminars takes the geeky discipline outside of the laboratory. Fill up on facts at six of the best events."
    Time Out New York (May 24, 2011)
  • "World Science Festival: BIORHYTHM: Music and the Body"
    Post detailing the "Biorhythm" event
    NYC Kids Arts (May 23, 2011)
  • "World Science Festival: Mysteries of the Mathematical Universe"
    Post detailing the "Mysteries of the Mathematical Universe" event
    NYC Arts (May 23, 2011)
  • "Scent events at NYC World Science Festival on 4th and 5th June"
    Article details the scent-related events at the Festival
    Basenotes (May 21, 2011)
  • "World Science Festival 2011—Spotlight: Women in Science"
    Blog post on the "Spotlight: Women in Science" event
    RENeW (May 20, 2011)
  • "Andrew Dawson, Pat Metheny, Maggie Gyllenhaal, MOMIX, et al. Set for World Science Festival"
    Article highlights WSF performances “Radiance” and “Articulate Hand”
    TheaterMania (May 19, 2011)
  • "Maggie Gyllenhaal to Replace Streep in Reading of Play About Marie Curie"
    Article featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal’s involment in "Radiance" Arts Beat (May 18, 2011)
  • "Is Space-Time an Elaborate Illusion?"
    Article references George Musser’s blog post on the "Hologram" program
    Big Think (May 18, 2011)
  • "Maggie Gyllenhaal to Play Marie Curie at World Science Festival, 6/1"
    "Award-winning screen and stage actress Maggie Gyllenhaal steps into the role of history’s most famous woman scientist for a special reading of "Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie." (May 18, 2011)
  • "The art of storytelling at the World Science Festival "
    Carl Zimmer writes about the Science & Story Events
    Discover (May 18, 2011)

2010 Press