2016 Asimov Panelists: David Chalmers Professor of philosophy, New York University Zohreh Davoudi Theoretical physicist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology James Gates Theoretical physicist, University of Maryland Lisa Randall Theoretical physicist, Harvard University Max Tegmark Cosmologist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

What may have begun as a science fiction concept — that perhaps the universe as we know it is a computer simulation — has in recent years become a serious line of theoretical and experimental investigation among physicists, astrophysicists, and philosophers.

In this 2016 version of Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History features host Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, in a lively discussion about the merits and shortcomings of this provocative and revolutionary idea.

The late Dr. Isaac Asimov, one of the most prolific and influential authors of our time, was a dear friend and supporter of the American Museum of Natural History. In his memory, the Hayden Planetarium is honored to host the annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate — generously endowed by relatives, friends, and admirers of Isaac Asimov and his work — bringing the finest minds in the world to the Museum each year to debate pressing questions on the frontier of scientific discovery. Proceeds from ticket sales of the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debates benefit the scientific and educational programs of the Hayden Planetarium.