• From post-doc to professor, Paul Davies has followed the search for gravitational waves – he even wrote the book on it. He describes his excitement when elusive ripples in space-time were finally found and looks ahead to a new age of exploration.
  • ASU engineer looks to ants, nature for inspiration of innovation, sustainability. When it comes to engineering a solution to a problem, Ted Pavlic looks to a specific source for inspiration ­— nature. 
  • The physics community was elated by the recent announcement that Gravity Waves have been detected – at last, after decades of searching, and fully 100 years after Einstein’s prediction in his famous Theory of General Relativity. Faculty panelists will explain what exactly was “seen”; why it was so challenging both for experiment and theory; and why it matters to us all. Questions from the audience will be welcomed throughout the discussion.
  • Join us for this immersive theatre experience created by Phil Weaver-Stoesz, an artist-in-residence at the Emergence Laboratory, a research group at Arizona State University focused on astrobiology and the origins and emergence of life.

The Beyond Center

BEYOND is a pioneering center devoted to confronting the really big questions of science and philosophy.

Our research projects address such issues, and range from cosmology, through astrobiology to the ultimate fate of humanity. We tackle subjects as diverse as time travel, the colonization of Mars, multiple universes, the nature of complexity and the relationship between mathematics and nature.

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Our Goal

Bring together scientists and philosophers from all disciplines to brainstorm some of the age-old questions of existence, using the latest ideas and discoveries at the forefront of scientific research. Develop new experimental and theoretical research projects that change the way scientists think about foundational questions.

Have you ever wondered…

  • How the universe came to exist?
  • Where the laws of nature come from?
  • How life began?
  • Whether or not we are alone in the universe?

Research Topics

Scientists have little idea how, where or when life began, but the study of biogenesis is a major part of the subject of astrobiology.

Time is the most fundamental aspect of our experience, and yet it remains mysterious in many ways.

Science works because the universe is ordered in an intelligible way.

The Community

We are here to communicate the excitement and challenge of scientific endeavor related to the big questions. This is conducted through public lectures, podcasts, newspaper, magazine articles, and other special events.

You don’t have to be a distinguished scientist to get involved with BEYOND – although we welcome those, too. There are many ways that you can help. You can volunteer your time during our workshops, lend us your space, or becoming a sponsor. A list of our sponsors can be found below. We would love your help confronting the big questions!

Get Involved

If you share our vision of BEYOND, and would like to become involved in this unique intellectual adventure, there are several ways you can help...