The 7th Annual Cambridge Science Festival kicks off Friday with several events, including the popular “Big Ideas for Busy People” lectures at First Parish church in Harvard Square.
The festival, presented by the MIT Museum, will run from April 12 through April 21 this year, and the Science Carnival and a Robot Zoo will be held Saturday, April 13, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library.
The signature event for the opening day of the festival Friday will be the “Big Ideas for Busy People” in which 10 professors from MIT, Harvard, Boston University and Tufts will each give short, five-minute talks, and answer questions for five minutes.
The lectures will run from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at First Parish at 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, and tickets are $10. Among this year’s lecturers are MIT Professor David Kaiser, who will give a talk called “Elegant Wiggles: Why the Universe is Lumpy,” Boston University Professor Nancy Kopell who will discuss how brain rhythms coordinate thinking, and Harvard University Professor Stephen Blyth, who will discuss the rise and fall of financial engineering.
Other events during the nine-day festival include a tour of bridges in Boston and Cambridge Monday, April 15, that will begin at the Barking Crab Restaurant in Boston at 10 a.m., a play day designed especially for teens at the MIT Museum Wednesday, and an event highlighting the science of food at Harvard’s Maxwell Dworkin Building at 33 Oxford Street Friday, April 19 at 1 p.m.
Other events are held every day of the festival, and a full list can be found at the festival's website here.