Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Every generation benefits from the insights and discoveries of the generations who came before. “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants,” wrote Isaac Newton. In a special series, the World Science Festival invites audiences to stand on the shoulders of modern-day giants. The 2023 address Is being given by Nobel Laureate John Mather, who has led science teams in two of the greatest achievements in astronomy in the last half-century: NASA’s COBE mission, which provided the observational data needed to confirm the Big Bang as the means by which the universe came into being; and the design and deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope, which is providing unprecedented imagery and data to astronomers worldwide.

Due to limited capacity, this event is open to All Access Premium General Admission ticket holders only.

This program is part of the Big Ideas Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

The event is hosted by the Simons Foundation.


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Sep 23 2023


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)



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