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The biggest ideas in physics, broken down. Join theoretical physicist Dan Hooper and co-host 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

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

    86 - The Life and Death of Stars

    86 - The Life and Death of Stars

    We explore the diverse world of stars in the universe, from those similar to our Sun to those totally unrecognizable.

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    • 40 min
    85 - Our Sun: Present, Past and Future

    85 - Our Sun: Present, Past and Future

    Today's episode is all about the star in our front yard - the sun. Learn how it came to be, how it has changed, and how will it change in the future.

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    • 37 min
    84 - The Search For New Worlds (ft. Josh Winn)

    84 - The Search For New Worlds (ft. Josh Winn)

    Hear how the search for exoplanets has developed, and what surprises it has brought so far.

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    • 45 min
    83 - Witnessing a Revolution in Particle Physics (Ft. Chris Quigg)

    83 - Witnessing a Revolution in Particle Physics (Ft. Chris Quigg)

    Today we hear from someone who bore witness to the so-called “November Revolution” of particle physics in 1974.

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    • 31 min
    82 - Science Vs. Pseudoscience

    82 - Science Vs. Pseudoscience

    Pseudoscience can sometimes be hard to distinguish from the real thing. Today we discuss how philosophers of science have thought about this problem.

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    • 35 min
    81 - Ancient Greek Astronomy

    81 - Ancient Greek Astronomy

    The first episode in a new mini-series on philosophical problems in cosmology - Today we start with the origins of Western science and learn what the ancient Greeks thought about the cosmos.

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    • 43 min

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