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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
    • 4.7 • 301 Ratings

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.

    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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    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
    80 - (April Fools 2024) A Surprising Discovery Shaking Up Modern Cosmology

    80 - (April Fools 2024) A Surprising Discovery Shaking Up Modern Cosmology

    Hear how a recent discovery of the motions of galaxies is changing how cosmologists are thinking about our universe.

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    79 - NanoGRAV's Big Gravitational Wave Discovery (Ft. Chiara Mingarelli)

    79 - NanoGRAV's Big Gravitational Wave Discovery (Ft. Chiara Mingarelli)

    Last year, an experiment called NanoGRAV made a surprising discovery of gravitational waves using pulsars around the universe. Special guest Chiara Mingarelli explains.

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    • 40 min
    78 - The Life of a Science Journalist (Ft. Katrina Miller)

    78 - The Life of a Science Journalist (Ft. Katrina Miller)

    What's it like bringing science to the most general public audiences? How do you distill complex results into short news-worthy articles without getting lost in clickbait? Today we hear the perspective of New York Times science journalist Katrina Miller.For ad free episodes and other exclusives, join us for just $3 a month on Patreon: https://patreon.com/whythisuniverseOur merch is available here: https://www.shalmawegsman.com/why-this-universeSupport the show

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
301 Ratings

301 Ratings

Bangs Boy ,

4-1-24 episode

love it a lot. i had to skip to the end of the aprils folds video because i was like “this has to be fake this has to be fake this has to be fake” you gave me a big scare 😂♥️

the og farmer girl ,

Love it!

I love this podcast! Easy to understand, keeps me interested. Keep it up!

Tlidartth ,

Big ideas explained clearly

Big ideas explained clearly. Love the clear vocals and good audio - obviously important for a podcast. This is unabashedly one of my new favorite cosmology podcasts. The 2 presenters speak clearly and simply about deep and complex topics proving relevant background. A must listen!

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