Elon Musk Public Lecture

The Elon Musk Public Lecture is made possible through a generous endowment gifted to the Center for Particle Cosmology in 2009 - its inaugural year. Mr. Musk is an alumnus of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Penn, and a proud advocate for the preparation that a physics education provides in many different careers. The Musk lecture brings world-renowned scientists in the areas of particle physics and cosmology to Penn to share their knowledge and vision with the broader Philadelphia community.

Past Lectures

Will Evolution and Information Theory Provide the Fundamentals of Physics?

Sylvester James Gates, Jr.
Jan 31, 2018 at

Join us for an evening with theoretical physicist Sylvester James Gates, Jr., as he talks about how the mathematical and theoretical aspects of his physics research have traversed concept spaces from equations to…

Stalking Dark Energy and the Mystery of the Accelerating Universe

Saul Perlmutter
Oct 31, 2014 at

Saul Perlmutter
Astrophysicist and Professor
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, Berkeley

The 1998 discovery that the universe's expansion is…

A Journey of Discovery: Our Expanding Universe

Wendy Freedman
Apr 22, 2013 at

Wendy Freedman, Director, The Carnegie Observatories

Exploring the Cosmos

Frank Wilczek (MIT)
Jan 26, 2011 at -

The Big Bang and Beyond

Paul Steinhardt (Princeton)
Jan 28, 2009 at -