48 episodes

The biggest ideas in physics, broken down. Join theoretical physicist Dan Hooper and PhD student Shalma Wegsman as they answer your questions about dark matter, black holes, quantum mechanics, and more. Part of The University of Chicago Podcast Network.

Why This Universe‪?‬ Dan Hooper, Shalma Wegsman

    • Science
    • 4.7 • 11 Ratings

The biggest ideas in physics, broken down. Join theoretical physicist Dan Hooper and PhD student Shalma Wegsman as they answer your questions about dark matter, black holes, quantum mechanics, and more. Part of The University of Chicago Podcast Network.

    42 - The Signal That Could Be the Dark Matter

    42 - The Signal That Could Be the Dark Matter

    Dan shares one of the biggest stories of his career - his discovery of an excess of gamma rays at the center of the Milky Way. Is this a sign of dark matter, or is it something less mysterious?

    • 37 min
    41 - The Hubble Tension: The Biggest Fight in Astronomy (ft. Wendy Freedman)

    41 - The Hubble Tension: The Biggest Fight in Astronomy (ft. Wendy Freedman)

    When different groups of astronomers measure the expansion rate of space, they get different answers. Who's right? Or are they both right, and new physics is afoot?

    • 23 min
    40 - How Will JWST Change Astronomy?

    40 - How Will JWST Change Astronomy?

    Today we dive into the world's shiny new space telescope - JWST. Learn why are physicists and astronomers are so excited about it, and what new secrets of the universe it might reveal. Keep your eye out for its launch later this week!

    • 19 min
    23 - Does Physics Allow for Free Will? (Rebroadcast)

    23 - Does Physics Allow for Free Will? (Rebroadcast)

    Can free will exist in a universe described by the laws of physics? Listen to this re-broadcast of one of our favorite episodes.

    • 28 min
    39 - Why Do Science Communication? (ft. Daniel Whiteson and Jorge Cham)

    39 - Why Do Science Communication? (ft. Daniel Whiteson and Jorge Cham)

    Daniel Whiteson and Jorge Cham talk to us about what science communication means to them.

    Listen to their podcast, Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/105-daniel-and-jorge-explain-t-29862087/

    Support WTU on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/whythisuniverse

    • 27 min
    A Special Neutrino Update! (ft. Pedro Machado)

    A Special Neutrino Update! (ft. Pedro Machado)

    Today we unpack the latest neutrino results from Fermilab's MicroBoone experiment. Special guest Pedro Machado helps us understand what they mean for the future of neutrino research.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

jxtr ,

My new favourite

I love this podcast - can’t wait for new episodes. Was looking for something just like this for awhile. Love the explanations. I didn’t take physics, and probably wouldn’t love the calculations and formulas, but I’m fascinated with the theories, conclusions, and the history and enjoy Dan & Shalma’s passion for the subject. Awesome job!

Gmogtfsa ,

Best

Best cosmos podcast going. Great synergy between cast. Good range of topics that are explained well. However, please stop playing music midpodcast, while you are talking, it’s distracting.

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