[LESS INFO] 1376 VIEWS | ADDED 04:30:00 03/03/12
Adjunct Professor of Physics at Northeastern University in Boston, Graham Farmelo, on Paul Dirac and the Religion of Mathematical Beauty. Apart from Einstein, Paul Dirac was probably the greatest theoretical physicist of the 20th century. Dirac, co-inventor of quantum mechanics, is now best known for conceiving of anti-matter and also for his deeply eccentric behavior. For him, the most important attribute of a fundamental theory was its mathematical beauty, an idea that he said was "almost a religion" to him.
[LESS INFO] 1372 VIEWS | ADDED 04:30:00 02/25/12
Bestselling author, essayist and New Yorker contributor, Adam Gopnik, delivers the fifth installment of the 2011 CBC Massey Lectures, Winter: Five Windows on the Season. In this lecture, entitled Remembering Winter, Gopnik offers a delightful meditation and reflection on winter, drawing from his memories of growing up in Montreal as well as from the works of other artists, writers and thinkers who have shaped our ideas about the most memorable of seasons.
[LESS INFO] 630 VIEWS | ADDED 04:30:00 02/11/12
Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Philosophy at McGill University, Charles Taylor and Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, Jonathan Sacks discuss The Future of Religion in a Secular Age.
[LESS INFO] 524 VIEWS | ADDED 04:30:00 02/04/12
What will it mean to be human in the future? Uploading consciousness into virtual worlds and prolonging life through biotechnology are already being contemplated. Canada's leading science fiction writer, Robert J. Sawyer, offers his insights in a lecture entitled Humanity 2.0, produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.
[LESS INFO] 634 VIEWS | ADDED 17:00:00 02/01/12
Following his lecture at the Gardiner Museum, Robert J. Sawyer responded to questions from the audience. This is an excerpt from the Q & A. Sawyer's full lecture, entitled Humanity 2.0, will be broadcast on Big Ideas on February 4, 2012 at 5pm as well as podcast on tvo.org, iTunes and You Tube.
[LESS INFO] 357 VIEWS | ADDED 17:00:00 01/25/12
Following his lecture at the Gardiner Museum, sci-fi writer Robert J. Sawyer responded to questions from the audience. This is an excerpt from the Q & A. Sawyer's full lecture, entitled Humanity 2.0, will be broadcast on Big Ideas on February 4, 2012 at 5pm as well as podcast on tvo.org, iTunes and You Tube.
[LESS INFO] 556 VIEWS | ADDED 04:30:00 01/21/12
Author, teacher and activist, Clay Shirky, discusses the visionary insights of Marshall McLuhan as well as his own ideas about the effects of new media and social networking on our society. Shirky's latest book Cognitive Surplus explores how new technology is unleashing a wave of creative production that he believes is transforming the world. Following the lecture, Shirky sits down for an interview with broadcaster Jesse Hirsh. The event was part of the McLuhan 100 series at the International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront Centre.
[LESS INFO] 741 VIEWS | ADDED 17:00:00 01/18/12
Following his lecture at the Gardiner Museum, science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer responded to questions from the audience. This is an excerpt from the Q & A. Sawyer's full lecture, entitled Humanity 2.0, will be broadcast on Big Ideas on February 4, 2012 at 5pm as well as podcast on tvo.org, iTunes and You Tube.
[LESS INFO] 562 VIEWS | ADDED 04:30:00 01/14/12
In a lecture entitled How Success Happens, New York Times columnist and author, David Brooks, draws from the research in his latest book The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement. His lecture was delivered at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
[LESS INFO] 800 VIEWS | ADDED 04:30:00 01/07/12
The Canadian Space Agency's Chief Astronaut, Julie Payette delivers a lecture entitled Canadian Space Agency Perspectives from Space: Research and Diplomacy.
[LESS INFO] 739 VIEWS | ADDED 04:30:00 12/31/11
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at University of Oxford, Sir Roger Penrose, discusses Twistors and Quantum Non-Locality.