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A podcast about how we imagine, and how what we imagine shapes what we do. Each conversation brings together visionaries from the worlds of arts, sciences, humanities, and technology discussing the nature of imagination and how we collaborate to create the future. Hosted by Dr Brian Keating, Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of Physics at UC San Diego. For show notes go to: https://briankeating.com/podcast.php

Into the Impossible With Brian Keating Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination

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A podcast about how we imagine, and how what we imagine shapes what we do. Each conversation brings together visionaries from the worlds of arts, sciences, humanities, and technology discussing the nature of imagination and how we collaborate to create the future. Hosted by Dr Brian Keating, Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of Physics at UC San Diego. For show notes go to: https://briankeating.com/podcast.php

    Andy Weir: Project Hail Mary

    Andy Weir: Project Hail Mary

    Andy Weir built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full-time. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of such subjects as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. He lives in California.
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    About Project Hail Mary
    A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this incredible new science-based thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian.
    Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission–and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.
    His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that’s been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it’s up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.
    And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.
    Part scientific mystery, part dazzling interstellar journey, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian–while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.
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    Eric Weinstein & Lee Smolin: Judging Theories of Everything, ID, & UFOs 👽

    Eric Weinstein & Lee Smolin: Judging Theories of Everything, ID, & UFOs 👽

    Eric Weinstein & Lee Smolin: A conversation on Theories of Everything: String Theory, Geometric Unity, Loop Quantum Gravity, Lisi’s E8 etc.

    00:00 Introduction

    05:00 Michio Kaku & the God Equation: problematic? https://youtu.be/3to9ymn-XKI

    10:00 Is String Theory sucking the oxygen out of physics?

    15:00 There are challenges to challengers like loop quantum gravity

    30:00 A rubric for judging theories of Everything?

    1:00:00 Intelligent Design?!

    1:05:00 UFO’s and Pentagon data dump

    1:10:00 How to treat an 👽

    1:15:00 God and Man: don’t be like Captain Cook!



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    Hawking Hawking! The Selling of a Scientific Celebrity with NYU Prof. Charles Selfe

    Hawking Hawking! The Selling of a Scientific Celebrity with NYU Prof. Charles Selfe

    Immediately recognizable in his wheelchair and surrounded by an entourage of nurses, Stephen Hawking was a symbol of the power of mind over matter. The public adored him, and the media compared hirn to Newton and Einstein. Appearing at concerts, on The Simpsons, and even on the edge of space, he was widely considered the world's best physicist, and even its smartest person.

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    In fact, he was neither. In HAWKING HAWKING: The Selling of a Scientific Celebrity (Basic Books; April 6, 2021), science journalist and author Charles Selfe upends everything we thought we knew about Hawking, showing how his greatest genius was arguably in his talent for self-promotion. Delving deeper than previous biographies, which tend to be excessively flattering, Seife reveals Hawking as an important scientist whose importance is almost universally misunderstood; a person who suffered deeply and also caused deep suffering; a celebrity his forebears and fundamentally changed the concept of a scientific celebrity." scientist who broke the mold.

    To understand Hawking, Seife traces his life in reverse, starting with his elaborate funeral at Westminster Abbey, where he was interred few feet away from Newton and Darwin, through the decades when he searched in the limelight for the recognition he craved, and further back to his devastating ALS diagnosis at age 21 and the beginning of his first marriage, which would end in scandal. Hawking made important contributions early in his career, most notably in his work on black holes, but as his celebrity grew he was increasingly apt to declare victory over problems he hadn't solved, persuading audiences of his authority on topics about which he knew little and enlisting students to defend him as he failed to break any new ground in the quest for a "theory of everything."

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    00:00:00 Introduction

    07:00 Did Charles get blowback from criticizing an icon?

    21:45 Hawking Hartle then m theory - do physicists believe either of them?

    28:00 Why everything we think we know about Stephen Hawking is wrong! In his lifetime, Hawking was seen as a genius on par with Newton. In reality, he was by no means the greatest physicist of his day. His early work on black holes was groundbreaking, but, Seife argues, much of his later work failed to measure up its promise, and physicists like Roger Penrose ultimately deserve more credit than Hawking.

    38:59 Why did Hawking concede the BH information paradox?

    42:35 What would Charles like to ask Hawking as a journalist?

    50:00 The tragedy of Hawking's disability, and its relationship to his public image.

    How Hawking struggled knowing that part of his celebrity was based on his illness.

    57:36 The halo effect

    58:28 How is life as a professor of journalism at NYU?

    1:00:00 The perils of press conferences in science


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    MIT Professor Sara Seager: Love, Loss, & Life in the Cosmos

    MIT Professor Sara Seager: Love, Loss, & Life in the Cosmos

    An MIT astrophysicist reinvents herself in the wake of tragedy and discovers the power of connection on this planet, even as she searches our galaxy for another Earth, in this “bewitching” memoir.
    “Sara Seager’s exploration of outer and inner space makes for a stunningly original memoir.”—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone.
    Sara Seager has always been in love with the stars: so many lights in the sky, so much possibility. Now a pioneering planetary scientist, she searches for exoplanets—especially that distant, elusive world that sustains life. But with the unexpected death of Seager’s husband, the purpose of her own life becomes hard for her to see. Suddenly, at forty, she is a widow and the single mother of two young boys. For the first time, she feels alone in the universe.
    As she struggles to navigate her life after loss, Seager takes solace in the alien beauty of exoplanets and the technical challenges of exploration. At the same time, she discovers earthbound connections that feel every bit as wondrous, when strangers and loved ones alike reach out to her across the space of her grief. Among them are the Widows of Concord, a group of women offering advice on everything from home maintenance to dating, and her beloved sons, Max and Alex.
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    00:00:00 Intro

    00:04:46 The story of the title and cover.

    00:07:53 Where did you find solace after your family tragedies? How did your write about them?

    00:12:42 What gave you the confidence to write a memoir?

    00:27:35 What got you into astronomy?

    00:35:22 Why look for life beyond earth? Isn't life on earth enough?

    00:45:21 What do you think about the academic "hunger games"? Is being a PhD. oversold? Post Doc bloating.

    00:49:00 What is your philosophy of mentorship?

    01:00:00 The controversial discovery of phosphine on Venus.

    01:11:56 What do you think of Avi Loeb's assertions and extreme reaction to it?

    01:23:00 What would you put in your ethical will?

    01:25:00 What would you put on your monolith?

    01:29:38 What have you done that you once thought was impossible as advice to your younger self?


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    Phillip Greenspun: The Most Interesting Man in Massachusetts

    Phillip Greenspun: The Most Interesting Man in Massachusetts

    Greenspun grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, and received a B.S. in Mathematics from MIT in 1982. After working for Hewlett Packard Research Labs in Palo Alto and Symbolics, he became a founder of ICAD, Inc. Greenspun returned to MIT to study electrical engineering and computer science, eventually receiving a Ph.D.

    Working with Isaac Kohane of Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Greenspun was the developer of an early Web-based electronic medical record system. The system is described in "Building national electronic medical record systems via the World Wide Web" (1996).[1] Greenspun and Kohane continue to work together on a medical informatics at Harvard Medical School.

    In 1995, Greenspun was hired to lead development of Hearst Corporation's Internet services, which included early e-commerce sites. In 1997 he co-founded ArsDigita, a web services company which grew to $20 million in annual revenues by 2000.
    Photo.net and ArsDigita

    In 1993, Greenspun founded photo.net, an online community for people helping each other to improve their photographic skills. He seeded the community with "Travels with Samantha",[3] a photo-illustrated account of a trip from Boston to Alaska and back. Photo.net became a business in 2000 with the help of some of his cofounders Rajeev Surati and Waikit Lau. Having grown to 600,000 registered users, it was acquired by NameMedia in 2007 for $6 million, according to documents filed in connection with a planned public offering of NameMedia shares. Greenspun founded the open-source software company ArsDigita and, as CEO, grew it to about $20 million in revenue before taking a venture capital investment.

    Greenspun was an early developer of database-backed Web sites, which became the dominant approach to engineering sites with user contributions, e.g., Amazon.com. Greenspun was also a developer of one of the first Web-based electronic medical record systems. Greenspun's Oracle-based community site LUSENET was an important early host of free forums.
    Aviation

    Greenspun has written several textbooks on developing Internet applications, including Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing,[21] SQL for Web Nerds,[22] and Software Engineering for Internet Applications,[23] the textbook for an MIT course. Greenspun is the editor of Medical School 2020, which provides a first-person account by a medical student.[24]
    Teaching

    Greenspun and his co-founders at ArsDigita started a non-profit foundation that ran the ArsDigita Prize, an award for young web developers, and the ArsDigita University, a tuition-free one-year program teaching the core computer science curriculum, one course at a time. Winners of the Prize include a 12 year old Aaron Swartz.[25]

    Greenspun has taught electrical engineering and computer science at MIT.[26] One of Greenspun's most famous students is Randal Pinkett, who built an online community for low-income housing residents in Greenspun's 6.171 Software Engineering for Internet Applications course. Pinkett went on to win NBC TV show The Apprentice. In 2003,

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    142-Part 2: Michio Kaku: Is String Theory = The GOD Equation?

    142-Part 2: Michio Kaku: Is String Theory = The GOD Equation?

    Dr. Michio Kaku — theoretical physicist, bestselling author, acclaimed public speaker, renowned futurist, and popularizer of science. As co-founder of String Field Theory, Dr. Kaku carries on Einstein’s quest to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into a single grand unified theory of everything.
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    Kaku has starred in a myriad of science programming for television including Discovery, Science Channel, BBC, ABC, and History Channel. Beyond his numerous bestselling books, he has also been a featured columnist for top popular science publications such as Popular Mechanics, Discover, COSMOS, WIRED, New Scientist, Newsweek, and many others.
    His new book THE GOD EQUATION is about the quest to unify the rules governing the heavens and the Earth, and the ultimate challenge: achieving a monumental synthesis of the two remaining theories—relativity and the quantum theory. This would be the crowning achievement of science, a profound merging of all the forces of nature into one beautiful, magnificent equation to unlock the deepest mysteries in science: What happened before the Big Bang? What lies on the other side of a black hole? Are there other universes and dimensions? Is time travel possible? Why are we here? What’s at stake is nothing less than our conception of the universe.





    00:00:00 Intro

    00:05:36 Could an advanced AI create a game like chess?

    00:08:23 How do you manage your popular fame and balance that with your work as a physicist?

    00:09:34 Who pays for science, and why we need to sing for our supper.

    00:12:39 Do you think physics has been stagnant for 50 years? Physics envy is real!

    00:16:17 Michio's favorite Feynman story.

    00:17:45 Michio's lost bet on the Nobel prize Nobel Prize for work on a unified theory.

    00:18:34 Would you dispute Feynman's assertion? Is experimental verification essential?

    00:22:34 How do you respond to the rivals to string theory? Or how to be the next Einstein.

    00:29:16 Why might there not be different laws that govern different universes?

    00:34:53 Is string theory falsifiable? The 5 ways.

    00:39:24 What do you think about Stephen Hawkings cosmological assertions?

    00:42:06 You're a professed agnostic. Please explain what that means to you.

    00:44:44 Is there a step before a grand unified theory? The physics desert and Supersymmetry.

    00:47:37 What connect string theory to god?

    00:50:47 Your parents were interred during WWII. Did they harbor resentments?

    00:55:13 Can creativity be taught?


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