' Worlds of Physics

Join Us to Learn About the World of Physics

We feature talks on current topics in Physics


Generally, one Friday a month during the semester. Check the schedule below. The lecture begins at 7:30pm.


Lectures take place in Harriman Hall P137. A campus map is available here.

Current Schedule

Academic Year 2023-24

Fall 2023

October 13, 2023 Prof. Alexander Abanov Artic Cicle Theorem and Limit Shapes
November 10, 2023 Profs. Jan C. Bernauer and Ethan Cline Movie Physics 2: The Physics Strikes Back
December 8, 2023 TBA Canceled

Spring 2024

March 8,
Prof. Laszlo Mihaly Electron Spin
April 12,

Past Schedule

Academic Year 2022-23

Spring 2023

Mar 10, 2023 Prof. Thomas K. Allison Imaging the Dynamics of Electrons in Quantum Materials
Apr 14, 2023 Prof. Giacinto Piacquadio The discovery of the Higgs Boson, and its exploration today

About Worlds of Physics

The Worlds of Physics Publix Lecture series was establish about twenty years ago based on the success of the Astronomy Open Nights Public Lectures series which has been running since 1973. In this series Stony Physicists explain topics in physics or related to physics of interest to a wide audience.

We typically have four lectures each semester. For further information or to have your name added to the mailing list (postal or e-mail) contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy at (631) 632-8100, or send e-mail to Nathan Leoce-Schappin.

Do try to be a little early if you can. The increasing popularity of this series has seen the lecture hall full on occasion. Call the Department at the number above before 4 pm to warn us of your requirements.

In-service Credit for Teachers

Worlds of Physics provides attendance certification for New York State teachers wishing to apply for in-service credit. Among these programs you can accumulate hours of lecture credit each year to apply toward your school district's program. Policies on in-service credit are set by school boards and you should check with your administration concerning the details of the local program.

See here for current procedures for claiming in-service credit.

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