The inaugural World Science Festival, a celebration of science and discovery, will take place May 28-June 1, 2008, in New York City. Organized by physicist Brian Greene, who explained string theory at TED2005, the event will bring together a range of speakers — including many TEDTalks favorites such as philosopher Dan Dennett, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin, and rock-star physicist Brian Cox (whose TEDTalk from 2008 on the CERN supercollider will be posted next week). Many other fascinating people — such as Michio Kaku, Maggie Turnbull, Patricia Churchland and Oliver Sacks — will be speaking or presenting. Browse the list of speakers.
The festival also celebrates film, theater and storytelling about science. Look for the American premiere of Mark “E” Everett’s film about his father, a much-misunderstood physicist. On that same evening further uptown, a roster of distinguished scientists will take the stage at Symphony Space to share stories of experiments gone wrong.
Events for kids and families include a science-themed street fair around Washington Square and an awesome-sounding roundup of cool jobs in science.