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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. Part of The University of Chicago Podcast Network.

Why This Universe‪?‬ Dan Hooper, Shalma Wegsman

    • Science
    • 4.8 • 60 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. Part of The University of Chicago Podcast Network.

    36 - The Neutrino's Quantum Superpower

    36 - The Neutrino's Quantum Superpower

    Today we discuss neutrino oscillations - their ability to transform between different types – and the quantum mechanics that makes it possible.

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    • 21 min
    35 - The Chaos Underlying Everything (ft. David Grier)

    35 - The Chaos Underlying Everything (ft. David Grier)

    Learn about the chaotic motion that underlies even the most ordered structures, including life.

    Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/whythisuniverse

    • 32 min
    34 - Should Beauty Guide Physicists?

    34 - Should Beauty Guide Physicists?

    Some physics theories are admired for being beautiful, but does that mean they are more likely to be true? Or could chasing beauty lead us astray?

    Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/whythisuniverse

    • 28 min
    33 - Our Love Affair With Supersymmetry

    33 - Our Love Affair With Supersymmetry

    Hear why supersymmetry was special enough to win over physicists hearts, and why faith in it might be dying out.

    • 34 min
    32 - The Mystery of the Higgs Boson's Mass

    32 - The Mystery of the Higgs Boson's Mass

    Today we explore one of the biggest and most frustrating open problems of particle physics - the hierarchy problem.

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    • 24 min
    31 - If You Give an Astronomer a Neutrino

    31 - If You Give an Astronomer a Neutrino

    Learn how astronomers are using invisible particles to see what we've never seen before!

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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

EmmeTiErre ,

Thanks you (and a comment)

I love this show and I’m in awe at all the work you put into it! I’m a fan of physics podcasts and this is one of the best.
Just one comment: is it possible to turn down the music (or avoid it completely) for long segments when someone’s speaking? The high volume is very distracting and the bass and percussions of the jazzy music make it hard to follow the speech.
Thank you again!

hkfhkvjf ,

Excellent

Radiation doc here. Find myself really looking forward to your podcasts. Great explanations of topics, I really didn’t fundamentally understand, when I took physics.

hozro93 ,

Great physics podcast

The hosts discuss cutting-edge topics with well laid out explanations and descriptions.

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