Our guest this week, Bryce Cyr, is completing his PhD in Cosmology at McGill University. He's studying the theoretical structures known as cosmic strings (unrelated to string theory, but we discuss that too). They might shed light on the nature of the early universe and the origin of dark matter!
How did the universe begin? Where did it come from and where is it going How far back can we look?
What's the big idea with the cosmic microwave background?
Why is gravity problematic?
What's the goal of string theory? What about cosmic strings, are they the key unification?
What's the big hold up on the grand unified theory of physics?
and many, many, many more!
Topics & Concepts
The Early Universe
Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMBR)
High Energy Physics
A Unified Theory
The Fundamental Forces
Particle Acceleration & The LHC
The Ideal Gas Law (PV = nRT)
Ancient Light: Distortions
Black Holes & Accretion
Good Theories, Bad Theories
Beauty & Loneliness
Dark Matter, Dark Energy
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