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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

    • Physics

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.

    77 - All About Quantum Computing (Ft. Henry Lamm)

    77 - All About Quantum Computing (Ft. Henry Lamm)

    Quantum computing makes big promises, but how does it work? What is the real state of quantum computing today? Special guest Henry Lamm answers our questions.

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    • 40 min
    76 - Do We Live in a Simulation?

    76 - Do We Live in a Simulation?

    Is the world around us real, or are we living in someone's computer program?

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    • 37 min
    75 - Physics in Extreme Locations (Ft. Daniel Baxter & Alexandra Rahlin)

    75 - Physics in Extreme Locations (Ft. Daniel Baxter & Alexandra Rahlin)

    We hear two physicists describe their lives collecting data in remote locations, from deep underground in an active mine and from the South Pole.

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    • 42 min
    8 - Is Space Flat or Curved?

    8 - Is Space Flat or Curved?

    Learn how the geometry of space defies our intuition, and why it gave Einstein so much anxiety.

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    • 24 min
    74 - The Copernican Revolution (Ft. Aviva Rothman)

    74 - The Copernican Revolution (Ft. Aviva Rothman)

    Today we visit a turning point in the history of science: the discovery that the Earth is not at the center of the cosmos.

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    • 58 min
    73 - Life Beyond Earth (Ft. Avi Loeb and Garrett Graff at the Chicago Humanities Festival)

    73 - Life Beyond Earth (Ft. Avi Loeb and Garrett Graff at the Chicago Humanities Festival)

    Dan moderates a lively discussion on extraterrestrial life at the Chicago Humanities Festival.

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