150 episodes

Listen to Quanta Magazine's in-depth news stories about developments in mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science and the basic life sciences. Quanta, an editorially independent magazine published by the Simons Foundation, seeks to enhance public understanding of basic research. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org.

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    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.7 • 14 Ratings

Listen to Quanta Magazine's in-depth news stories about developments in mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science and the basic life sciences. Quanta, an editorially independent magazine published by the Simons Foundation, seeks to enhance public understanding of basic research. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org.

    Graduate Student Solves Decades-Old Conway Knot Problem

    Graduate Student Solves Decades-Old Conway Knot Problem

    It took a graduate student less than a week to answer a long-standing question about a strange knot discovered over half a century ago by the legendary John Conway. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Retro” by Wayne Jones.

    • 16 min
    The Grand Unified Theory of Rogue Waves

    The Grand Unified Theory of Rogue Waves

    Rogue waves — enigmatic giants of the sea — were thought to be caused by two different mechanisms. But a new idea that borrows from the hinterlands of probability theory has the potential to predict them all. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Fire Water” by Saidbysed.

    • 19 min
    Hidden Computational Power Found in the Arms of Neurons

    Hidden Computational Power Found in the Arms of Neurons

    The dendritic arms of some human neurons can perform logic operations that once seemed to require whole neural networks. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Thought Bot” by Audionautix.

    • 17 min
    Neutrinos Lead to Unexpected Discovery in Basic Math

    Neutrinos Lead to Unexpected Discovery in Basic Math

    Three physicists wanted to calculate how neutrinos change. They ended up discovering an unexpected relationship between some of the most ubiquitous objects in math. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Fire Water” by Saidbysed.

    • 17 min
    Machines Beat Humans on a Reading Test. But Do They Understand?

    Machines Beat Humans on a Reading Test. But Do They Understand?

    A tool known as BERT can now beat humans on advanced reading-comprehension tests. But it's also revealed how far AI has to go. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “If I Had a Chicken” by Kevin MacLeod.

    • 31 min
    How Jurassic Plankton Stole Control of the Ocean’s Chemistry

    How Jurassic Plankton Stole Control of the Ocean’s Chemistry

    Only 170 million years ago, new plankton evolved. Their demand for carbon and calcium permanently transformed the seas as homes for life. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Fire Water” by Saidbysed.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

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Superbly Fascinating

I'm subscribed to 50-odd podcasts, but Quanta is my absolute favourite. The balance between technical detail and relatable storytelling is spot-on, indulging me in my closet curiosity for university-level physics and math without the frustration and boredom of a lecture series. The sound of the podcaster's voice is pleasing and well-produced, the writing is crisp.

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