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filmed from Feb 2002 - Dec. 4, 2005
Quarum Sensing "SMALL TALK AMONG THE BACTERIA"
- June 3, 2006
Microscopic single celled organisms (a.k.a. bacteria) were, until recently, thought to live asocial lives. New research shows that bacteria are quite conversational, and that they talk with a chemical vocabulary. This chemical chit-chat is dubbed "quorum sensing" and it enables bacteria to act in unison to reap benefits and wreck havoc that cells acting as loners could never achieve.
Bonnie Bassler of Princeton University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will translate this bacterial language and discuss her group's efforts to develop anti-quorum sensing molecules for use as novel antibiotic therapies. Shadow puppeteers Todd Reichart and Jennie Lee Mitchell will explore the interesting things that happen when one becomes many and the many transform.
"BIOMINERALIZATION: THE BEAUTY OF FUNCTION"
- May 7, 2006
A mouthful, that word. Yet you feel the implicit paradox in
it, of the soft and the hard. For soft as we are, we have bone and
teeth (and wish they wouldn't fail us!). And there is nothing more
beautiful in Nature than the shelters and solid inner structures that
small and big critters alike have evolved. Lia Addadi of the Weizmann
Institute and Joanna Aizenberg of Bell Labs will introduce us to this
exquisite world of structure and function between the organic and
inorganic. Agata Olek (an artist who will crochet anything from a
Venice vaporetto to prostate cancer), working with
actor Carol Haunton, will crochet balloons and a fairy tale to
illuminate a Venus Flower Basket, a glass sponge which "traps" two
shrimp in its interior. Maybe she'll crochet around you; watch out!
"AFTERNOON OF THE CHIMERAS"
- april 2, 2006
Daniel Conrad, an award-winning filmmaker from Vancouver,
will show us his two most recent films -- one bearing the title of
this program, the other, "7 Universal Solutions." Both feature
contemporary New York and Canadian dancers, and forces of nature.
René Hen, who studies genetic models of anxiety and depression, will
tell us of mutant mice and chimeras in modern biology. And friends
will read some apposite poems by Wislawa Szymborska.
"IN YOUR EAR"
- Mar. 5, 2006
In one of our less plausible eighth grade lessons, we learned that
hammers, plucked taut strings, and reeds stir up the air, and that
clutter, passing through our ears... somehow emerges in the brain as
music! This evening, composer/violist Karen Waltuch and her quartet
(with Loren Dempster, Mary Wooten, and Leanne Darling) will most
pleasantly fill our ears with air molecules vibrating in response to
her original compositions. And eclectic Rockefeller University
neurobiologist Jim Hudspeth will try to explain what really goes on
- Feb. 5, 2006
Evolution, with Richard Milner,
Jonathan Weiner and friends,
- Dec. 4, 2005
Something about intense, clear, colored light delights the eye and mind.
Light artists Kenny Greenberg and Clare Brew, teaming up with dancer and
choreographer Rachel Cohen, will create synaesthestic light fantasies for
us. Roald Hoffmann will lapse into his professorial mode, and do a
show-and-tell on emission, absorption, and line spectra, while Oliver Sacks
recounts the remarkable history of the noble gases.
IMPROVISING ON CHAOS
- Nov. 13, 2005
Our lives, careers, failures, loves and successes are as much
directed by chance meetings as by our internal compasses. But surely
science can make reliable predictions? Not so fast! Outcomes can
still appear random, even if all the rules are known. Mathematician
and poet Phil Holmes will expand on chaos theory and how it does and
doesn't help one find one's way in the world. Poet Susan Case will
tell how mathematicians hung out in the Scottish Cafe in Lvov before
being swept into the vortex of World War II. A quartet, led by Ben
Holmes (trumpet) and featuring Brian Drye (trombone), Take Toriyama
(drums) and Reuben Radding (bass) will take the theme to music, with
original compositions and free improvisations on traditional melodies
of East Europe.
GM FOODS; MONSTERS OR MIRACLES?
- Oct. 2, 2005
Europeans march in opposition. Africans leaders refuse American
genetically modified corn while their people starve. And yet today
our processed food almost all contains FDA-approved GM ingredients.
Small-scale farmers in China and India are adopting GM crops as
eagerly as large-scale American farmers. Who's right? Why the
controversy? Nina Fedoroff, a leading biologist, author of "Mendel in
the Kitchen: A Scientist's View of Genetically Modified Foods,"
answers these questions.....and any others you wish to ask. She is
then joined by the exciting Murat Erdemsel talking about and
performing Argentine tango.
FERNS - Sept. 4, 2005
Companions to dinosaurs and Victorians, edible and poisonous,
resurrecting, close to the earth and arboreal, unfurling, sexy, and
mysterious --- ferns are very special, very ancient plants. Robbin
Moran of the New York Botanical Garden, a world expert and author of
"The Natural History of Ferns" will tell us of these plants. Oliver
Sacks will read from his "Oaxaca Journal" about a recent fern society
expedition; poet Liz Socolow will read some poems about ferns. And
Reuben Radding on contrabass and Karen Waltuch on viola will play! It
may be that the plants themselves will make a rare cafe appearance.
FROM SAMARKAND TO CORDOBA - Aug. 7, 2005
There was a time when science, music, and art in Islamic lands
represented high culture to Europe. These cultural strands continue
to influence the world today. Elaheh Kheirandish of Harvard
University will tell us about mathematics and science in the
classical Islamic world. Dave Soldier, a leading improvisational
musician and composer on the New York scene, will play with his new
group, The Spinozas (including Na'Ti Lachmy, Richard Khuzami, and
Nelida Tirado), who mix contemporary gypsy/flamenco style with Middle
Eastern traditions and the lyrics of Al Andalus. And Islamic art
historian Carol Bier will bring two contemporary carpets from Turkey,
woven using traditional methods with natural dyes. Comparing patterns
and the uses of color, she will explore symmetry and symmetry-breaking in what we call Oriental carpets.
SCIENCE AND THE MORAL LIFE - A MISMATCH?
- June 5, 2005
Science, done by human beings, has ethical and moral dimensions. A play by Vince LiCata, a biologist at Louisiana State University, explores this, with some dance and a little gun-play. The staged reading of "Mexican Hat Dance" will be directed by Barbara Bosch, with actors from the Hunter College Department of Theater. K.C. Cole, one of the founders of our program, and a great writer, will talk
about the uneasy dance of science and government - past, present (and
future?). And anthropologist and singer-songwriter Richard Milner
will perform songs about Darwinian morality, angst, and politics from
his acclaimed musical about the great evolutionist.
WHY DO BIRDS SING? - May 1, 2005
Musician, writer, and philosopher David Rothenberg hosts an evening devoted to the topic of his new book with the title of this program (Basic Books, 2005) which shows how we need science, music, and poetry to make the most human sense out of what birds are up to.
He's joined by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory neuroscientist Partha
Mitra, who has worked on zebra finch brains and cell phone
communications, and is now trying to tackle the underlying structure
of mockingbird songs. He will also sing some songs of the eminent
Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore! Both are joined Leon Gruenbaum on an instrument of his own invention, the Samchillian
EIN STEIN FÜR EINSTEIN - April. 3, 2005
So, 100 years ago, Albert E. published some papers that shook the world of physics. It's the time and space to celebrate four
dimensions of the man. In our own way: Humorist Steve Mirsky reports
a deep conversation with Einstein's parrot; writer and journalist
Fred Jerome will read some excerpts form his book "The Einstein
File," detailing J. Edgar's Hoover's obsession with showing that
Einstein was a dangerous subversive, storyteller Sharon Glassman
updates Princeton's waltz toward an Einstein memorial. And the
photoelectric, nonrelativistic Deni Bonet plays for Albert, on her
blue electric violin.
SHUFFLE OFF THIS MORTAL COIL
- Mar. 6, 2005
Indeed, we must, in time. And there's something to learn about life through death. In "Dreadful Sorry, Guys," performance artist Claudia Stevens's eerie vocalizations, interlocking monologues and fierce
piano playing combine in a haunting, bittersweet and sardonic one-act
inspired by the murder of a childhood friend by hate criminals. And
the audience gets to sing and recite as well! Shai Shaham is a
brilliant young biologist at Rockefeller University, who will tell us
of his work on programmed cell death, apoptosis. From undead cells in
the nervous system of an unusual research organism, the worm C.
elegans (another coil), we learn how apoptosis might be controlled.
ECO-OPERA-EVO Feb. 6, 2005
Does anyone need convincing that life is an opera? We mean
real life, not yours. Phoebe Legere ("...a name to conjure
with ... She is an American original, she's fun, she's funny,
she's smart. She's a beauty, almost like a Carole Lombard. But
the main thing about her is SHE'S GOOD"-Studs Terkel, NPR)
will use her latest invention, the Sneakers of Samothrace, to
perform excerpts of her opera on the evolution of life, The
Common Root of All Organisms. She is paired with Mark Moffett,
an ecologist trained under E. O. Wilson. Mark, as close to
Indiana Jones as they come, is one of the great nature
photographers of our time. He will use his colorful images to
discuss the common structural features of ecosystems.
RIGHT BRAIN, LEFT BRAIN? Dec. 2004
Ursula von Rydingsvard, a wonderful sculptor of mystery and
memory in wood, will show images of her work. And Paul
Greengard, a Nobel laureate neurobiologist from Rockfeller
University will tell us of his studies of the mechanism of
action of neurotransmitters, of therapeutic agents and drug
abuse. They just happen to be a couple. And they do art and
science, building structures large and small, their work
calmly and intensely speaking to others, always trying to
understand. Do art and science, have anything in common? What
goes on in our mind when we discover and create? Avis Berman,
a writer and art historian, will comment.
TRANSFORMATIONS - Feb. 1, 2004
What choice but to create, to take one thing into another?
By way of example, Shoko Nagai (piano) and Satoshi Takeishi
(audio processing, percussion) make haunting, compelling music
out of essential transformations. And Roald Hoffmann shows how
there is no better emblem for true change than chemical
COLTRANE, EINSTEIN, AND COSMOLOGY - Nov. 30, 2003
In an interview near the end of his life Trane was asked to
person he respected most. He replied "Albert Einstein".
Coltrane's spiritual quest through music balanced
improvisational allusions to Eastern and African symbolic
forms with the theory of general relativity and cosmology.
Stephon Alexander, a cosmologist and musician at Stanford,
will talk of the relationship between Coltrane’s approach to
jazz improvisation and the theory of general relativity and
quantum gravity. And he will play a few pieces on sax, some of
Trane, as well as Stephon’s own compositions, which explore
this connection. He’ll be accompanied by Papa Smurf, a
freestyle rapper, and a percussionist.
Storyteller Sharon Glassman was recently asked to
investigate the current culture of Einstein in Princeton for
Seed Magazine. She'll debut her upcoming essay -- including
questions about Einstein's second violin, extremist fans, and
a long-debated Einstein statue-in-progress to be erected in
2005 on E=MC Square.
HIDDEN WATER - Nov. 2, 2003
Without it there would be no life, no rainbows, no blue
planet. After our first nine months in water heaven, we emerge
to find this resource in jeopardy. David Wolfe, Cornell
professor of ecology and author of "Tales From the
Underground: A Natural History of Subterranean Life," begins
our story with a poetic twist, including a remarkable
contribution from James Joyce. Seattle-based photographer
Alexis Wolfe continues with a visual perspective. Then Uri
Shani from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem tells of the
"miracle" of water flowing upward from roots to leaves in tall
trees, no pump in sight. And wonders why nature requires such
a huge expenditure of precious water by the plant kingdom.
Judy Joice and Murray Weinstock, who perform regularly at
the Café with Stu Woods on bass, will bring us songs of the
gentleness of water rolling in and tickling your toes, of the
neglect and abuse of water as well as its healing powers,
through Blues, Gospel and Jazz compositions.
FOREVER AMBER - Oct. 2003
Several years ago David Grimaldi of the American Museum of
Natural History, curated a wonderful exhibition on this unique
organic material that survives millennia. And gives us a clear
window on the invertebrate past. He will show spectacular
images of insects in amber, in conversation with Alex
Shedrinsky, a New York chemical detective, who will reveal
amber forgeries (don't bring in your necklaces, please, unless
you are strong). Alex will also show some of the first
pictures of the restored Amber Room of Catherine’s Palace near
An insect, trapped -- a two word description of a 20th
century literary masterpiece. Can you guess what it is? We'll
hear a piece of it. Unless we are diverted on the low road to
another kind of masterpiece...
OPEN HEART & THE ORGAN DONORS - Sept. 7, 2003
literary-musical exploration of the heart and allied precious
Award winning novelist and medical writer Jay Neugeboren,
talks about the before, during, and after of his emergency
quintuple bypass heart surgery, of how, after two doctors
missed the diagnosis, his life was saved by several doctor
friends, one of whom, from 3000 miles away, got the diagnosis
right, and of what Jay learned about the nature of disease and
diagnosis, the state of contemporary health care, and the
doctor-patient relationship. Appearing with Jay will be at
least one of these friends--Gerald Friedland, Director of AIDS
programs, clinical and research, at Yale-New Haven Hospital
and Medical School. Moving north and south, from the heart to
other vital organs, Jay's son Eli will appear as lead singer
for The Organ Donors, a rock group that features several sexy
nurses (The Percadettes), funky beats, psychedelic guitar
riffs, singalong choruses, litanies of symptoms, and
slapstick, porno science rap.
HARD/SOFT WARY Aug. 3, 2003
The Internet and the ubiquity of personal computers have
changed the way human beings relate, and changed the way we
think about machines. Choreographer/singer Christopher Caines
will perform dream.screen, a solo work in progress for voice,
electronics, and percussion that examines the effects of
Web-mediated communication on language and emotion. And Hod
Lipson, a computer scientist and engineer at Cornell will
talk (and show some video clips) on his new work on
CONNECT THE DOTS, JUNE 1, 2003
What do a glass bubble, a math problem, Global Positioning
Systems, and a novel made into song have in common? Taking off
from the Surrealist “Exquisite Corpse” drawing game, the
participants -- Jill Reynolds, a glass artist and sculptor who
references science, Robert Berkman, mathematician and teacher,
Jonathan Levi, writer and musician, and Greg Lock, a sculptor
who uses GPS data to invent virtual objects, will make the
connections. Nancy Manter, daughter of an artist and medical
scientist, will begin the evening by sharing her own set of
dots, while introducing the individual presentations.
WHY NOT? May 4, 2003
The Shavian serpent's "You see things and you say 'Why?'",
but I dream things that never were and say, 'Why Not,"" might
just be a reflection on the difference between science and
engineering. Or an argument for transgressing, in the service
of creation, the natural/unnatural boundary.
Nadrian Seeman of NYU, who builds nanoscopic stick figures,
devices and patterned arrays out of DNA, and choreographer
Rachel Cohen and artist Agata Oleksiak, who play with
potential and actuality of the human body through movement,
clown and mask, costume, and film, explore this theme in Roald
Hoffmann's May 4 Entertaining Science at the Cornelia Street
MUSIC ON THE BRAIN April 6, 2003
By what seeming magic is music invented and played? How,
exactly (or not), is it perceived and experienced? Swedish
neurophysiologist and concert pianist Fredrik Ullén will play,
and discuss his studies of how the brain controls music
performance. In this evening of action and reflection on
music, he will be joined by Carol Krumhansl, a cognitive
scientist from Cornell, who will tell us of her fascinating
work on tension and emotion in music, testing the
psychological reality of proposals from music theory. They
will ask (but not answer) the question of why music plays such
an important role in the human experience.
HEAVY METAL - March 2, 2003
Malleable, reflective, conducting, magnetic or not – metals
have fascinated humanity. And led to music and art, in several
ways. On this metallic evening, see sculptor Daniel Brush’s
images of his gold and steel works, and listen to Oliver
Sacks, whose recent book is “Uncle Tungsten”, as he speaks of
and demonstrates some real heavy metals. Composer and musician
Elliott Sharp will play some apposite music on a steel guitar,
and Roald Hoffmann may broach the gamma brass problem.
Dancing Hypercycles, Songs of Leprosy - February 2003
This evening of biological song and dance features a mother
and son act -- microbiologist Helen Davies, an award-winning
professor at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School,
and her son, Vancouver filmmaker Daniel Conrad. Conrad left a
career in molecular immunology to make experimental dance
films (full of biological metaphor) for the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation, and documentaries on connections
between art and science for PBS and Bravo. He will show two
short dance films and explain how films are structured like
organisms (an idea first proposed by Sergei Eisenstein).
Davies will talk and sing (gasp!) about leprosy, gonorrhea,
herpes, dengue fever, and other infectious diseases. Song
sheets (properly autoclaved) will be handed out, so the
audience can sing with her.
GOOD VIBRATIONS - January 2003
Rapport, linkage, consonance -- that's exactly what
musician/engineering professor Ken Jolls will bring to the
Cornelia Street Cafe on January 5. With
musicians-turned-health-care-professionals Linsy Farris, Hal
Winfield, and David Levine on bass, guitar, and drums, Ken
will demonstrate just how "good vibe-rations" can be. A
long-time devotee of the instrument made popular by Lionel
Hampton, Ken and his healthy quartet will play tunes from the
great years of jazz.
But what would an engineer be without a little science?
Don't be surprised if you hear something also about vibrating
bars and sine waves and organ pipes and dampers and fistfulls
of mallets (with even a little body english thrown in to make
it all work). Leave your worries at home -- there'll surely be
a doctor in the house!
NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T - December 1, 2002
Science will never seem more magical than on this evening.
Koji Nakanishi and Ged Parkin are Columbia University chemists
who will let the audience into at least two of their lives.
While Nakanishi studies the intimate details of the chemistry
of vision, Parkin figures out how inorganic catalysts do their
wonders. And they are magicians. They’ll show a far from
gullible audience how we see, or maybe don’t see, what is
plainly in sight. And, extending the theme of mastery of
mystery to sound, the one and only Pamelia Kurstin will play
LIVING SPACE - November 3, 2002
No, not that perfect cheap apartment in the Village, but a
quantum leap into the world of dance and science. For the
stage of the Cornelia Street Café, only about a thousand times
smaller than the Met’s, choreographer and dancer Diann Sichel
has created a dance for Melanie Velo-Simpson and Josiah
Pearsall, accompanied by singers Wendy Baker and Erik Kroncke.
All are Tigers, of the Princeton species. There will be music
by percussionist Chacho Ramirez and flutist and composer
Carolyn Steinberg, and poetry of dance by Ellen Goellner. And
motion under constraint turns out to be a hot theme in
chemistry and biology as well, as Roald Hoffmann, the host of
the Entertaining Science series, will describe. The audience
may be moved, and not only to ask questions.
GET LOST IN TRANSLATION - Oct. 6, 2002
So much more than changing “me” into “moi” or H2O into
water, the act of translation is central to both art and
science, and especially the busy borderlands between the two—a
lively chit chat in which metaphor, emotion, number, image,
argument are all part of the equation, all have something to
add to the conversation. Come and hear masterly translators
Dava Sobel (“Longitude,” “Galileo’s Daughter”), K.C. Cole
(“The Hole in the Universe,” “The Universe and the Teacup,”),
cosmologist Marcelo Gleiser (“The Prophet and the Astronomer,”
“The Dancing Universe,”) and chemist, poet and playwright
Roald Hoffmann talk about the tricky (and treasonous?) art of
transference through which thoughts turn into words,
observations into theories—sometimes, even water into vin.
THE SMOOTH AND THE WILDLY ROUGH - Sept. 1, 2002
Human beings struggle to understand and represent the
world's deep structure through mathematics, science, art,
music and poetry. On Sept. 1, yes, the evening before Labor
Day, mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, largely responsible for
fractal geometry, will show and discuss a few of his
mathematical pictures. Some mimic mountains or clouds, while
others are very complex and first shock but soon look oddly
familiar, especially to the artist. He will wonder why, and
ponder the everlasting struggle in our minds between the word
and the picture. He will tell old and new stories of:
iconoclasts and other humans, stories of reason and unreason,
bold hope or despair, in the search for smoothness in a world
that is in every way wildly rough. Emily Grosholz, a poet and
philosopher, will read some of her poems on mathematical
themes. And Elliott Sharp, a composer and experimental
musician inspired by fractals and mathematics, will show us
what an electric guitar can do in an autoreferential mode.
Join us for an exciting evening in Roald Hoffmann's
"Entertaining Science" series!
NOT JUST SO STORIES - Aug. 4, 2002
Telling stories is quintessentially human, a deep source of
satisfaction in science as well as in music and life. As Roald
Hoffmann's Aug. 4 "Entertaining Science" program at the
Cornelia Street Cafe will show. The evening will begin with
chemist Mark Green telling us what George Washington, Adolph
Hitler and an Egyptian pharaoh have to do with how helices
tell left from right. Singer, songwriter, and musician Eve
Moon will entertain us with some story-telling songs. And
writer/performer Sharon Glassman, who creates sparkling,
witty, and sad monologues from almost-true stories, will
explore the science of love from Cupid's point of view. And
Roald Hoffmann will reflect, briefly, on why stories are
important to scientists, even as they don’t fess up to telling
METAMORPHOSES II - July 7, 2002
Not only on Broadway, and not only by Ovid -- musical and
molecular metamorphoses are the themes of Roald Hoffmann’s
July 7 “Entertaining Science” show at the Cornelia Street
Café. Insects are the best chemists…. but have you ever
wondered how they transform plant poisons into pheromones? How
metamorphoses can be blocked to guarantee perpetual youth
(well, actually perpetual immaturity)? In another realm, how
did J.S. Bach’s alchemy transmute elementary themes into
musical masterpieces? Chemist Jerrold Meinwald, musicologist
Charlotte Greenspan, and molecular biologist Joseph Arron team
up to illuminate these and other metamorphic mysteries with a
unique combination of words and live musical performance.
THE TWO-FISTED SINGING UNIVERSE - June 2, 2002
Can the Big Bang tell us about life? Come Sunday, June 2,
to the Cornelia Street Café and find out. Roald Hoffmann's
"Entertaining Science" series will a host a triple response:
Leading cosmologist, Joel R. Primack (University of
California, Santa Cruz), will talk about "Gravity, the
Ultimate Capitalist Principle." Nancy Abrams, Cosmic
Troubadour, will perform several songs from her new CD, "Alien
Wisdom." And NYU physicist, Richard Brandt, 3-time
international Tae Kwon Do champion, ten times on the David
Letterman show, will show us the tie between the physics of
sports and the universe.
THE ART OF THE BRAIN - April 7, 2002
Strewing the world with all the wonders of its creation,
the human brain remains the most splendid mystery. Come on
April 7 to the Cornelia Street Café, where Roald Hoffmann will
host three perspectives on the brain’s richesse in the
“Entertaining Science” series. Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux
will talk about his work and ideas on the Synaptic Self.
British theatre artist Jack Klaff will interweave reflections
on improvisational comedy and screen acting with insights from
his other profession: science communicator. Central to the
evening will be writer extraordinaire Diane Ackerman’s poetic
fantasias on what's so magical about what the brain does, and
why/how Shakespeare's brain was different.
BLIND WILL AND SELFISH DNA - March 3, 2002
What do Schopenhauer, DNA and electronic drum music have in
common? Come and find out in the March 3 ”Entertaining
Science” program curated by Roald Hoffmann at the Cornelia
Street Café (March 3, 6PM). Schopenhauer’s striking thesis
that the world is driven by a “blind will” is related to the
drive of “selfish genes” to propagate themselves in a
remarkable, poetic exposition by Swedish-Hungarian writer and
tumor biologist George Klein. Lukas Ligeti, a talented young
Austrian composer and musician (with Hungarian roots, recently
moved to New York) will play some apposite electronic music of
his own (joined by a friend in part), influenced by African
musical traditions. And the participants will then enter with
Roald Hoffmann in a discussion, with some Hungarian and
American poetry read. It may even be that Edgar Allen Poe will
put in an appearance.
WHAT'S SO FUNNY ABOUT SCIENCE? - Feb. 3, 2002
When one considers that human beings still regularly slam
their thumbs with hammers, it should come as no surprise that
our attempts to unravel nature's profoundest truths might
include comedy. In fact, some science and more than a few
scientists are funny. Or at least do funny things. As part of
the “Entertaining Science” series, Feb. 3, at 6 PM, at the
Cornelia Street Café, Roald Hoffmann hosts four takes on humor
in science, featuring Marc Abrahams, editor of the science
humor journal Annals of Improbable Research and Impresario of
the Ig Nobel prizes; Jim Lyttle, a management professor at
Long Island University, who studies the science of humor
itself, including the brain's processing of funny stuff, Lynda
Williams, the Physics Chanteuse, and Steve Mirsky, Scientific
American magazine's humor columnist (which he likens to making
the best sloppy joes at the culinary institute) The evening
will be funny. Seriously.
Thermodynamics and the Purpose of Life - Jan. 6, 2002
first ENTERTAINING SCIENCE CABARET - went to but didn't film
Roald Hoffmann, who last appeared at the Cornelia Street
Café in May in the company of Oliver Sacks and K.C. Cole,
starts a brand new monthly Science at the Cornelia St. Cafe
series on Sunday January 6, 2002 at 6pm. Featured in the
inaugural event will be biologist Lynn Margulis, her son and
writer extraordinaire, Dorion Sagan, and musician, writer and
philosopher David Rothenberg. Their subject is…
“Thermodynamics and the Purpose of Life.”
Have you ever wondered why we are here? Expect the poetic,
the unexpected and, last but not least, a new scientific
reason for the purpose of life. With music. Just as the
difference between high and low pressure masses explains why a
tornado swirls into existence, so the difference between hot
sun and cold Earth may explain why life behaves as it
What on earth these people can do to address this
tantalizing subject, remains a mystery. But, we anticipate on
January 6th all will be revealed.