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  • Spark of Science:
    The director of the Institute for Advanced Study on the wonders of his childhood attic

    Robbert Dijkgraaf takes us back with him to that childhood attic in Ridderkerk, The Netherlands.
    It was there that he did some of his first physics experiments, playing with discarded binocular optics that his father kept stacked in boxes. As he has risen to take the leadership of the Institute for Advanced Study, one of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions, those early experiences have not lost their power. “It’s very important to go back to the origin of your passion,” he says. ...
    Nautilus, May 26, 2016
  • The Unexpected Contributions of Curiosity
    Robbert Dijkgraaf moderates a panel of 6 Nobel Laureates on the value of fundamental science and curiosity driven research at the 2013 Nobel Week Dialogue.
    December 9, 2013
  • The smallest particles
    One of the most amazing things we discovered in science is that everything is made of small particles. It's the properties of these molecules, atoms, nuclei, and elementary particles that allow us to answer ­simple questions like: why is grass green? Or, why is the sky blue? But how small are these particles? And how did we discover them? And does the search ever stop? To answer these questions we have to step into a world of wonder and magic.
    November 16, 2013
  • Neelie Kroes meets Robbert Dijkgraaf
    Neelie Kroes, European Commission, in conversation with Robbert Dijkgraaf, talking about the opportunities of Open Access and Open Science.
    Gepubliceerd 13 juli 2012
  • The End of Space and Time?
    Dijkgraaf's focus is on string theory, quantum gravity, and the interface between mathematics and particle physics, bringing them together in an accessible way, looking at sciences, the arts and other matters., March 20, 2012
  • 11:11:11
    Architecture 2.0 Intermezzo by Robbert Dijkgraaf
    Tomaat web-tv, 11 November 2011
  • The Impact of Synthetic Biology on Science and Society
    Synthetic biology is a new area of biological research that combines science and engineering. Synthetic Biology uses rational, systematic reassemblance and design of biological devices and systems thereby aiding to mechanistically understand complex biological systems behavior.
    September 20th this year, two members of the iGEM Amsterdam team, Jantine Broek and Sandra van der Nat together with SILS staff member Dr. Pernette J. Verschure discussed with Prof. Dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf, president of the KNAW and professor in Mathematical Physics (FNWI, UvA), the impact of Synthetic Biology on science and society and the role of scientist in the public debate on Synthetic Biology issues.
    IGEM, 20 September 2011
  • Excellence in multidisciplinary science (AGCI)
    Festive launch of the Amsterdam Global Change Institute (AGCI), VU
    AGCI, 16 June 2011
  • Black Holes and Holographic Worlds
    Black holes are gravitational behemoths that dramatically twist space and time. Recently, they’ve also pointed researchers to a remarkable proposal—that everything we see may be akin to a hologram. Alan Alda joins Kip Thorne, Robbert Dijkgraaf and other renowned researchers on an odyssey through one of nature’s most spectacular creations, and learn how they are leading scientists to rewrite the rules of reality.
    World Science Festival 2010, June 2010
  • Black holes
    The popular image of a black hole is fairly uniform: a huge, massive disk in space that sucks in everything in its vicinity. It turns out, a black hole can be any size—there is no known upper or lower limit. There are many types of black holes. And they aren’t even necessarily black. Black holes are mysterious phenomena with a host of mind-bendingly curious characteristics: from event horizons that separate the universe into “outside” and “inside” to the warping of time itself. Robbert Dijkgraaf, mathematical physicist at the University of Amsterdam and expert on black holes, answers a fundamental question—what exactly is a black hole?
    World Science Festival 2010, June 2010
  • VPROBeagle
    In the Andes Robbert Dijkgraaf and Sarah Darwin look at the stars. He explains her, what they see.
    VPROBeagle, 25 January 2010
  • The unknown universe (TEDxAmsterdam)
    We are in the middle of a golden era of exploration. Particle physicists are probing the smallest distances; cosmologists are looking at the very end of the universe. All are looking for answers to fundamental questions. What is matter made of? Are there extra dimensions? What is the nature of space and time? What can we learn from our past and future?
    Robbert Dijkgraaf (1960) is Distinguished University Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Amsterdam. From 1 May 2008 he is President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In his TEDxAmsterdam talk, he showed us how we now know how much we do not know.
    TEDxAmsterdam, 20 November 2009
  • Prof. Dr. Robbert H. Dijkgraaf – preview (TEDxAmsterdam)
    TEDxAmsterdam, 2009

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