Big Ideas for Busy People

Friday, April 18, 2014
First Parish in Cambridge, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Square (Map)

Cost: $10, tickets available at: or below.

Prepare for a whirlwind of Big Ideas around science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Come hear 10 short, sharp talks by some of the finest minds in the area. Speakers get 5 minutes to share their Big Idea, the audience gets 5 minutes for questions, and you get an evening of thought-provoking experiences!

Watch the 2013 Big Ideas for Busy People in our Media Gallery!

Download the 2014 flyer here.

This year's line-up:

Dealing with Disaster
Paul Biddinger | Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness, Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners Healthcare; Director, Harvard School of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program
Video Surveillance: Enhancing Security Without Increasing Danger
Lawrence Candell | Assistant Head, Aerospace Division, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Dancing in the Age of Bionics
Elliott Rouse | Postdoctoral Associate in Biomechatronics, MIT Media Lab
From a Magic Trick to the Design of Materials
Tadashi Tokieda | William and Flora Foundation Fellow, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University; Director of Studies in Mathematics, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University
The Temporary Universe
Alan Lightman | Professor of the Practice of the Humanities, Creative Writing, Physics, MIT
How Did Our Atmosphere Become Breathable?
Tanja Bosak | Hayes Career Development Associate Professor of Geobiology, MIT
Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Concord
Richard Primack | Professor of Biology, Boston University
Can Supercomputers Help Diagnose Heart Disease?
Amanda Randles | Lawrence Fellow, Computational Physics, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  The End of History Illusion
Daniel Gilbert | Edgar Pierce Professor of Pscyhology, Harvard University
Addiction by Design
Natasha Schull | Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, MIT

Lectures begin promptly at 7:30pm.  A reception with the speakers will follow immediately after the last talk.

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