47 episodes

Each episode of The Science of Fiction picks a theme and discusses the
science and non-science in fiction involving that theme, with hilarious
results, a selection of tenuously-related music, and a constant stream of
guest experts. Expect anything from the mechanics of time
travel to advice on how to survive the impending zombie apocalypse!

The Science of Fiction The Science of Fiction

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.0, 2 Ratings

Each episode of The Science of Fiction picks a theme and discusses the
science and non-science in fiction involving that theme, with hilarious
results, a selection of tenuously-related music, and a constant stream of
guest experts. Expect anything from the mechanics of time
travel to advice on how to survive the impending zombie apocalypse!

    The Maths of Star Trek: The Original Series (with James Grime)

    The Maths of Star Trek: The Original Series (with James Grime)

    To celebrate the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, serial guest James Grime has taken on the arduous task of re-watching the original series to study the mathematics featured on the screen. He joins us for a podcast-only special to tell us all about it, with audio clips of the relevant episodes. We'll talk about cicadas, morphogenesis (or “waves on cows”), deceiving androids from first principles, and the biggest question of them all: does the redshirt always die?


    If you want to check James’ working, he's published a series of posts over at The Aperiodical on the same themes: part I, part II, part III.

    Please enjoy this photograph of Gödel, which we mention towards the end of the show. Please also enjoy further information on the remarkable Valais goat. The short skirt uniform worn by both men and women in early episodes of The Next Generation is called a skant, and it was occasionally worn with trousers.


    JIM: Science and medics, those are the blue shirts.
    HOST: Where do mathematicians go? Scientists?
    JIM: That’s right, yes, science.
    HOST: You’re safe?
    JIM: Yes, I am, I’m in the blue shirt category.
    as quoted by Peter Rowlett in What colour shirt do mathematicians wear?


    Tracklist

    Theme from Star Trek
    Nerf Herder – Mr. Spock
    Beach House – Zebra
    Leonard Nimoy – The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins
    William Shatner – Real






    Valais Blackneck family
    by Jos






    James Grime with a tribble
    by Andrew Holding







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    • 58 min
    The Human Side of Science (with Oliver Marsh)

    The Human Side of Science (with Oliver Marsh)

    Oliver Marsh studies science-media interactions at the department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, occasionally performs at Bright Club, and blogs about “the human side of science”. He joins Andy in the studio for the final episode of season 6!


    Tracklist

    KT Tunstall – Funnyman
    David Bowie – Life on Mars
    Ethel Merman – There's No Business Like Show Business
    The Smiths – That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
    Mother Mother – Infinitesimal






    Mystery Hunt 2011 Coin - Megaman, Prince and ? Block
    by Alex







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    • 54 min
    Cyborgs

    Cyborgs

    Picking up where What if… we could all become cyborgs?, a show Andy produced for the BBC World Service, and last week's episode both left off, Andy and Will discuss cyborgs, hive minds, extending the senses, and the alleged emasculating effects of smartphones.


    Bionic eyes; artificial synæsthesia; lab rats with brain implants sense invisible infrared light; powering an artificial heart; Google Glass; Sergey Brin: Smartphones are ‘emasculating’; Steve Mann (Will mentioned the hit-and-run anecdote in this article but didn't realise it was the same man who was assaulted in McDonald's); the many strands of Ghost in the Shell; brain hacking; typing with twenty fingers; Nigel Shadbolt and AIs for the elderly; the Borg; the Ood; Intercontinental mind-meld unites two rats; Rats ARE like the Borg; faint memories of a Dark Angel plotline; Lab-grown human brains could control robots, says Kevin Warwick; aaaaaaand rat kings.

    Tracklist

    The Six Million Dollar Man theme
    Faded Paper Figures – Information Runs On
    Scott Matthew – Lithium Flower (from the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex soundtrack)
    Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
    Kraftwerk – The Robots






    Rat King: King Rat
    by Cle0patra






    Window Color Sound Sculpture 6
    by Dennis Skley







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    • 59 min
    Gaming Science Fiction vs. Modern Science Fact (with Cam Robinson)

    Gaming Science Fiction vs. Modern Science Fact (with Cam Robinson)

    Cam Robinson hosts GameSpot's The What If Machine, where he explores how close the wonder of modern science fact can bring us to gaming science fiction. He joins us to discuss cybernetics, autonomous robots, nanotechnology, and more, with his choice of excellent tunes.


    Deus Ex: Human Revolution, implants, augmented reality, Call of Duty, Noel Sharkey on The Life Scientific, ethical risks of robotics, Crysis 3, wipE'out", levitation, Punch the Custard (Will misremembered how the hit detection works), space travel, and Cam’s recommendation of the one recent game non-gamers should play.

    Tracklist

    Radiohead – Paranoid Android
    Nine Inch Nails – Discipline
    AC/DC – TNT
    Sabrepulse – City at Speed
    Muse – Space Dementia






    levitating magnet
    by Camilla Hoel







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    • 57 min
    Helen Arney

    Helen Arney

    Spoken nerd and songstress Helen Arney lends her voice to the show. Video games, fossils, AIs, cat chat, and almost no ukuleles.


    Tracklist

    Buckner & Garcia – Pac-Man Fever
    They Might Be Giants – I Am A Palaeontologist
    A.F. Harrold – Science Party Poem
    Tim Minchin – When I Grow Up (from Matilda)
    Jonathan Coulton – Good Morning Tucson
    Helen Arney – The Sun Has Got Its Huff On






    Cramped up
    by philip hay







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    • 56 min
    Natural Resources (with Ivan Scales)

    Natural Resources (with Ivan Scales)

    Political ecologist Ivan Scales—McGrath Lecturer and Director of Studies in Geography at St Catharine's College, Cambridge—joins the show to discuss natural resource use and environmental change. Ivan is the McGrath Lecturer and Director of Studies in Geography at St Catharine's College.


    Tracklist

    Villagers – Mercy, Mercy Me
    R.E.M. – It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
    Grandaddy – Broken Household Appliance National Forest
    Radiohead – Idioteque
    Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi
    Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven






    Biofuel project in Iba, Zambales
    by Trees ForTheFuture







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    • 57 min

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