22 episodes

The biggest ideas in physics, broken down. Join theoretical physicist Dan Hooper and soon-to-be physicist Shalma Wegsman as they answer your questions about dark matter, black holes, quantum mechanics, and more. Dan is a physicist at Fermilab and the University of Chicago, and Shalma is a PhD student at New York University.

Why This Universe? Dan Hooper, Shalma Wegsman

    • Physics
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

The biggest ideas in physics, broken down. Join theoretical physicist Dan Hooper and soon-to-be physicist Shalma Wegsman as they answer your questions about dark matter, black holes, quantum mechanics, and more. Dan is a physicist at Fermilab and the University of Chicago, and Shalma is a PhD student at New York University.

    20 - Everything To Do About Black Holes

    20 - Everything To Do About Black Holes

    Today we talk about black holes - from their early history to their role in the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics. 

    • 29 min
    19 - Why Does Science Work?

    19 - Why Does Science Work?

    Does science get us closer to understanding what the universe is actually like, or is it just a useful tool to build technology with? Today we get philosophical and talk through this deep question!

    • 29 min
    18 - Could a Hyper-Advanced Civilization Resist Dark Energy?

    18 - Could a Hyper-Advanced Civilization Resist Dark Energy?

    If life in the universe survives into the far future, it will eventually come face to face with the accelerating expansion of the universe caused by dark energy. Could a hyper-advanced civilization find a way to fight it?

    • 37 min
    The State of The Universe #81 - Dr. Daniel Whiteson - The Standard Model and Its Many Quirks!

    The State of The Universe #81 - Dr. Daniel Whiteson - The Standard Model and Its Many Quirks!

    Today our feed is getting taken over by Brendan Drachler to bring you an episode of his show, The State of the Universe!Science moves at an impossibly fast pace. It will leave you wondering, what is the state of the universe? Wonder no more! Learn from...

    • 1 hr 42 min
    17 - Why Haven't We Met Aliens?

    17 - Why Haven't We Met Aliens?

    Are there other intelligent civilizations out there, or are we alone here on Earth? And what have we done to try to find them?

    • 25 min
    16 - Where Is Life in the Universe?

    16 - Where Is Life in the Universe?

    What does it takes for a planet to support life? How different could extraterrestrial life be from what we see on Earth?

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

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New Age PopSci!

Dan and Shalma provide an astonishing amount of information so concisely! I cannot recommend this show enough!

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Fun and educational

Dan and Shalma are fun and insightful!

Socks 404 ,

A step deeper than other pop sci podcasts

If you listen to other podcasts on popular science, you find that after a year or two you hear ideas repeated many times, and learning something new becomes less frequent. This podcast probes astronomical concepts at a basic enough level to understand if you’re scientifically literate but deeper than you hear in most popular podcasts. It’s exciting to hear these concepts taken to the next level after skimming the surface so many times.

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