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Physical Attraction is the show that tries to explain physics... one chat-up line at a time. So whether you're trying to seduce a physicist, or you're a physicist that needs help with seduction, we're here for you. Submit questions on Twitter to @physicspod

Physical Attraction Thomas Hornigold

    • Natural Sciences

Physical Attraction is the show that tries to explain physics... one chat-up line at a time. So whether you're trying to seduce a physicist, or you're a physicist that needs help with seduction, we're here for you. Submit questions on Twitter to @physicspod

    Technology, Inequality, and Global Catastrophic Risks I: The Great Leveller

    Technology, Inequality, and Global Catastrophic Risks I: The Great Leveller

    N/B: This series of episodes was written before the coronavirus pandemic. I've decided the best thing to do is to present them as was and maybe have another episode reflecting on what the pandemic means for their conclusions later on.

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    Walter Schiedel's book The Great Leveller posits that in societies, economic inequality tends to inexorably increase over time until some catastrophe comes along that levels the entire population.

    Is this our fate?

    • 39 min
    Coronavirus: The Next 18 Months

    Coronavirus: The Next 18 Months

    In this new episode, we do a deep dive into the Imperial College London paper that models the coronavirus epidemic in the UK and the effectiveness of mitigation and suppression measures, and we speculate wildly and prematurely on what the next 18 months might look like as we do battle with coronavirus globally. Also an update on the expected future of the show at the end.

    • 55 min
    Coronavirus: Serology, Misinformation, Uncertainty

    Coronavirus: Serology, Misinformation, Uncertainty

    A quick update on some news surrounding the coronavirus, including why some of the headlines you may have read recently are unlikely to be true, some public service announcements about what you can do to help, and a general urge to read scientific literature and pre-prints with a skeptical eye - especially when they've been digested by headline writers. 

    • 36 min
    The Coronavirus Pandemic

    The Coronavirus Pandemic

    For weeks I've been debating in my mind whether or not to do an episode on the coronavirus pandemic, since it's essentially been all I have been able to think about for the last few weeks as my friends and relatives, long-suffering as they are, will attest. For someone who spent so long thinking about existential risks and catastrophes, both in my day job as a doomy climate scientist and in researching the TEOTWAWKI specials for this show where it all kicked off a few years ago, it's absolutely no fun at all to see them unfold in reality.

    This podcast summarises what I understand of what's going on at the moment. I am not an expert and make no claim to expertise, but I try to source my information in the facts. It's not an easy listen, as you might expect given the subject matter. This was mostly something I made as therapy for myself. I'm hoping to resume normal service as soon as I can, preferably with things that are a little more distracting for you to listen to, but I had to get this one off my chest. I hope that you get some value out of it, but if you don't think you will, put yourself first and don't listen.

    I care deeply for you all for somehow finding this life-raft in a sea of content that meant a lot to me for several years and I'm hoping to return to more regular content production very soon. Thank you and take care of each other.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Hiatus until the New Year

    Hiatus until the New Year

    Apologies everyone... a quick note to explain why (due to illness and general exhaustion) I am putting the show on hiatus until the New Year.

    Watch this show for updates on future releases - we will return.

    Thanks for understanding + enjoy the holidays if you've got them!

    • 1 min
    Interviewed by Richard Foster-Fletcher (Boundless AI)

    Interviewed by Richard Foster-Fletcher (Boundless AI)

    Hi all - something a little different this week.

    I was recently interviewed by Richard Foster-Fletcher, of the Boundless AI podcast, on topics as varied as artificial intelligence, nuclear fusion, and self-driving cars.

    As a bonus for those that just can't get enough, this is the full, unedited interview, where you can hear just how good I am at responding to questions spontaneously...

    • 1 hr 42 min

Customer Reviews

S.Elizabeth. ,

LOVE THIS SHOW

Thomas is as Britishly charming as he is brilliant about how the world works. A delightful listen, couldn't recommend it enough <3

Tim Queeney ,

Meson Master

Many science podcasts are seriously overproduced. They have multiple hosts and feel the need to jazz things up as if they are afraid they're about to lose all their listeners any second if they concentrate on the science. The result is too many jokes, sound effects and banter. Physical Attraction has only Thomas Hornigold and his guests and Hornigold appears very confident that his listeners are tuning in because, well, they dig science and like to learn cool stuff. It's a refreshing change and much appreciated. Listen to this podcast, pay attention and you'll learn things. What a concept.

PerryBorenstein ,

Wow

A clear and meaningful exposition of the history of physics. Moves fast, a lot of information conveyed in a captivating way.

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