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Science & the Arts

Science & the Arts, an initiative of the Science Outreach Series, presents programs in theatre, art, music, and dance that bridge the worlds of art and science. Our events at the Graduate Center are free, unless noted.  Pre-registering holds your seat until 15 minutes before curtain, then seating is first come, first served.  Pre-register by phone or email: 212-817-8215 or   Please refer to the number listed with the event.

Supported in part by the National Science Foundation, the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, and Con Edison.

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Spring 2007
Science & the Arts Series

Archive of past Science and the Arts series events.

Please reserve your seat and refer to the event number listed below. (212) 817-8215

A Meeting of the Athanasius Kircher Society

The popular website, the “Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society,” named after a 17th-century polymath, inspired this evening of the wondrous and the arcane. Featuring ancient automata, extinct languages, curious inventions, and one notable savant.

For ticket information:


Tuesday, January 16, 2007   7 PM

- this event is sold out


Robot Dance Competition

Robo Cup Junior is an international robot design competition organized in elementary through high schools.  Witness the crazy, colorful dance moves of the ‘bots, designed by the New York City-area teams.


7321 - Thursday, February 1, 2007   2 PM

The Physics of the Buffyverse

Author Jennifer Ouellette’s The Physics of the Buffyverse uses the characters, concepts and plot lines of the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer to illustrate a wide range of fundamental concepts in the physical sciences: everything from sound, electricity, materials science, and thermodynamics, to concepts of time (and time travel), wormholes, black holes, and string theory.  The evening will include demonstrations of the martial art of ju-jitsu.


Two performances on one evening:
7322 - Thursday, February 1, 2007   6 PM

7323 - Thursday, February 1, 2007   8 PM


"Flight," a play by Arthur Giron

A comedic drama about the family life of the young Wright Brothers.  "...[A] witty, touching flashback to the Wright brothers' boyhood and the events that led to those momentous first flights in Kitty Hawk." (NY Times). A play reading by Break A Leg Productions


7324 - Tuesday, February 27, 2007   6:30 PM

Ben Franklin’s Glass Armonica

The glass armonica’s celestial sound is created by placing moistened fingers on the edges of revolving crystal bowls of different sizes.  Learn the history of Franklin’s invention and hear a performance by Cecilia Brauer including Mozart’s composition for the instrument.  Composer Peter Kirn will discuss the physics behind the sound and how he has re-imagined the instrument in digital sound with visual effects.


7276  - Wednesday, March 21, 2007 6:30 PM

          - no seats left for the 6:30 show.

7337  - Wednesday, March 21, 2007 8:00 PM


Yuri’s Night: A Celebration of Space Exploration

In 1961 Yuri Gagarin, a Russian cosmonaut, became the first human being to leave Earth’s atmosphere.  On April 12, revelers on all seven continents celebrate Yuri's Night, the anniversary of his unprecedented voyage as well as the launch of the first Space Shuttle exactly 20 years later. This year New Yorkers will join them. The astronomy-themed festivities will include:


7277 - Thursday, April 12, 2007   6:30 PM


Ulrich Mikloweit

Geometry and Art: From Escher to Animation

Learn about the late and great mathematician Donald Coxeter and the work of contemporary artists who use geometry. With Siobhan Roberts, author of King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, The Man Who Saved Geometry, George Hart, sculptor and author of the online Encyclopedia of Polyhedra, Emmy Award-winning animator Mark Neumann, and Jeff Weeks’ Dodecahedral Universe, a trippy 3D animated fly-through of geometric space.

Arrive early (4:00 pm on) and help mathematician Dan Duddy construct a shadow of the fourth dimension; a giant truncated hyperdodecahedron. Everyone is welcome!

7278 - Wednesday, May 2, 2007   6:30 PM


String Theory for Dummies

Many scientists feel String Theory explains and unifies all of physics. Others disagree. We, the public, are confused. Dr. Jim Gates, Toll Professor in Physics at the University of Maryland, will explain the theory with great clarity. We’ll screen the winning entries from Discover Magazine’s current String Theory in Two Minutes or Less video competition. Look for magic and a special guest (think wood; we’re literal about the title!).


7279 - Tuesday, May 22, 2007  6:30 PM

Einstein’s Dreams
A workshop version of a new musical by Albert Innaurato, author of the hit play Gemini.  Based on the novel by Alan Lightman.  In 1905, on the verge of great discoveries, the young patent clerk Albert Einstein dreams marvelous dreams about the nature of time.

7338 - Wednesday, May 30, 2007  7 PM

The Science & the Arts Series is part of the Continuing Education and Public Programs at The Graduate Center.

For further information on Science & the Arts please contact:
Brian Schwartz, Director (212) 817-7521,
Adrienne Klein, co-Director (212) 817-7522,

Web site:

All events are held at The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave (at 34th Street)
unless otherwise noted.

last modified 05/21/2007 by Adrienne Klein