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Physical Attraction is the show that explores topics in science, technology, and the future - from a physicist's perspective. From the birth of stars to the end of the world, from interviews with experts to meticulously-researched deep dives, we'll explore the topics that shape our world.

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    • 4.8 • 74 Ratings

Physical Attraction is the show that explores topics in science, technology, and the future - from a physicist's perspective. From the birth of stars to the end of the world, from interviews with experts to meticulously-researched deep dives, we'll explore the topics that shape our world.

    Climate 201: Energy Efficiency, Part 3: Industry

    Climate 201: Energy Efficiency, Part 3: Industry

    In this episode of our series on energy efficiency, we are going to talk about industrial applications - how we can improve the way that high-energy industries and difficult-to-decarbonise sectors use energy.

    • 30 min
    Thermonuclear Takes: Climate News; Global Rebound, "Net" Zero, Green Homes, Cumbrian Coal

    Thermonuclear Takes: Climate News; Global Rebound, "Net" Zero, Green Homes, Cumbrian Coal

    It's a smorgasboard of climate news as global emissions rebound, slippery definitions of Net Zero abound, the Green Homes Grant collapses, and there's controversy over a Cumbrian coal mine.

    • 44 min
    Climate 201: Energy Efficiency II: Buildings

    Climate 201: Energy Efficiency II: Buildings

    In the second part of our series on energy efficiency and its role in combatting climate change, we talk about how buildings can be made more energy efficient... and some of the factors that prevent this from happening.


    Thanks to Podcorn for sponsoring this episode. To find out how you can find new sponsors for your podcast, head to podcorn.com/podcasters.

    • 40 min
    Thermonuclear Takes: Gamestop Post-Mortem, Way Too Late

    Thermonuclear Takes: Gamestop Post-Mortem, Way Too Late

    Sigh. Yeah I did a thing about the Gamestop, meme stocks, financial asset bubbles, and so on, if only so that these opinions don't have to rattle around in my head taking up space.

    • 30 min
    Climate 201: Energy Efficiency I: Transport

    Climate 201: Energy Efficiency I: Transport

    In this episode, we discuss the vital role of energy efficiency in reducing carbon emissions, and the potential to reduce energy consumption in transportation.


    Thanks to Podcorn for sponsoring this episode. To find out how you can find new sponsors for your podcast, head to podcorn.com/podcasters.

    • 37 min
    The Glass Half-Empty: Debunking "New Optimism", with Rodrigo Aguilera: Part II

    The Glass Half-Empty: Debunking "New Optimism", with Rodrigo Aguilera: Part II

    This week, we have a guest on the show - Rodrigo Aguilera. Specifically, we're talking to him about his book "The Glass Half-Empty: Debunking the Myth of Progress in the 21st Century". We shouldn't be happy with a narrow and limited definition of "progress" when we have the capacity to achieve so much more. But if we want to see things like the elimination of poverty, the application of human ingenuity and compassion and rationality and empathy towards solving the problems that exist in the world - this must begin with an accurate assessment of where we actually are, right now; what has led to progress in the past; and how we can get further in the future.


     
    You're about to hear the second part of the interview, where we will dig into the flaws associated with "New Optimism" in more detail, and at the end we have a discussion about how we might hope to make the glass a little bit fuller in the future.

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

Schleyer ,

A standout, wide-ranging science podcast

This has quickly become my favorite podcast. The host’s expertise is physics, including the physics of climate change, and the podcasts on those topic are interesting and revelatory to a lay person. But equally illuminating are episodes on other topics, including finance, economics and sociology. The host brings the same incisive analysis, preparedness and joy of discovery to all these subjects.

XPGC_92 ,

Thoughtful!

Physical Attraction is a truly thoughtul and thought provoking show. The ideas discussed here aren't what you normally get on the internet, or sadly in the news. Clearly these ideas have been ruminated on for a while before being brought forth. Truly interesting topics from alien life to UBI. Highly recommended.

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

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