24 episodes

In The Universe Speaks in Numbers award-winning science writer Graham Farmelo is in conversation with some of the great names in modern physics and mathematics. Among the interviewees are Michael Atiyah, Ruth Britto, Lance Dixon, Simon Donaldson, Freeman Dyson, Juan Maldacena, Michela Massimi, Roger Penrose, Martin Rees, Simon Schaffer and Edward Witten.

To read more see Graham's book The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Maths Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets.

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In The Universe Speaks in Numbers award-winning science writer Graham Farmelo is in conversation with some of the great names in modern physics and mathematics. Among the interviewees are Michael Atiyah, Ruth Britto, Lance Dixon, Simon Donaldson, Freeman Dyson, Juan Maldacena, Michela Massimi, Roger Penrose, Martin Rees, Simon Schaffer and Edward Witten.

To read more see Graham's book The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Maths Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets.

    The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Nima Arkani-Hamed interviewed by Graham Farmelo (part 2)

    The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Nima Arkani-Hamed interviewed by Graham Farmelo (part 2)

    The second part of leading theoretical physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed's inspiring interview with Graham about the mysterious harmony between pure mathematics and fundamental physics.

    This is one of a series of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 18 min
    The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Martin Rees interviewed by Graham Farmelo

    The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Martin Rees interviewed by Graham Farmelo

    Cosmologist Martin Rees, a pioneer of multiverse concept, is one of the most productive and respected thinkers about the origins and development of the universe. A former president of the Royal Society, he is also famous for his wise and thoughtful commentary on the state of science, and his thinking about the future. In this interview, he ranges widely over many themes, including the question of whether the pursuit of fundamental physics will one day run out of steam, become too expensive and perhaps too difficult to pursue.

    This is one of a series of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 22 min
    The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Karen Uhlenbeck interviewed by Graham Farmelo

    The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Karen Uhlenbeck interviewed by Graham Farmelo

    The interplay between fundamental physics and pure mathematics has led to many remarkable mathematical insights over the past fifty years. Karen Uhlenbeck is one of the mathematicians who made pioneering insights into geometry when studying the physicists' gauge theory of particle interactions. In this podcast, she talks candidly about how many mathematicians came only grudgingly to accept in the 1960s and 1970s that they could do first-class work by focusing on topics whose importance had first been emphasised by physicists, in connection with understanding the real world.

    This is one of a series of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 15 min
    The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Steven Weinberg interviewed by Graham Farmelo

    The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Steven Weinberg interviewed by Graham Farmelo

    Steven Weinberg is perhaps the most accomplished living theoretical physicist. Now based at the University of Texas at Austin, he has made substantial contributions to our understanding of all the fundamental forces of Nature. In this podcast, he reflects on his career in physics, the 'golden years' in which he and others put the finishing touches to the Standard Model of particle physics, and his views about the future of theoretical physics.

    This is one of a series of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Zohar Komargodski interviewed by Graham Farmelo

    The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Zohar Komargodski interviewed by Graham Farmelo

    Much of understanding of the universe at the finest level is based on modern field theory, rooted in the pioneering contributions of the nineteenth century British natural philosophers Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell. In this podcast of most brilliantly creative young field theorists, Zohar Komargodski tells us why this subject is still so rich in potential, and why he is quite happy to work on it without the stimulus of new and surprising experimental data.

    This is one of a series of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 18 min
    The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Simon Donaldson interviewed by Graham Farmelo

    The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Simon Donaldson interviewed by Graham Farmelo

    The discoveries the Simon Donaldson made in the early 1980s about four-dimensional spaces 'stunned the mathematical world', his research adviser Michael Atiyah later recalled. Donaldson was using the physicists' theory of particle interactions to study space itself – with truly remarkable results. In this podcast, Donaldson recalls how he became interested in physics, remembers his most famous discoveries and looks forward to an increasingly close relationship between mathematicians and physicists.

    This is one of a series of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 16 min

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