I Survived World Science Festival 2013


The World Science Festival has become a tradition for the Stuff to Blow Your Mind Crew. Julie and I both attended in 2011, she took the following year and 2013 was my turn to hit the Big Apple and cram my mind full of science.

The non-profit Science Festival Foundation put on its first WSF back in 2008 and the fest has been going strong ever since, packing inquisitive crowds into varied New York City venues for lectures on physics, biology, cosmology and mathematics. Festival panels frequently include artists, musicians, philosophers and theologians as well to provide multidisciplinary insight on everything from the sense of smell to the nature of time.

We always have a blast, cramming the May/June barrier week with as many science lectures, museum trips and tasty meals as the human body can allow. This year, I took in lectures on human consciousness, nanomedicine, infinity, neuroscience law, cicada songs and the nature of time. As far as museums go, I checked out the new Museum of Mathematics and the fabulous Jay DeFeo retrospective at the Whitney.

So look out for content inspired by any and all of this in the months ahead. The WSF is always a sort of science communication booster shot for us.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the World Science Festival website for videos of past events -- including some of the ones I attended last week. And if you're looking to visit NYC in 2013, go ahead and mark your calender for May 28 - June 1.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.