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Sunday
Dec022018

RS 222 - Spencer Greenberg and Seth Cottrell on "Ask a Mathematician, Ask a Physicist"

Release date: December 2nd, 2018

Spencer Greenberg and Seth Cottrell

This episode features the hosts of "Ask a Mathematician, Ask a Physicist," a blog that grew out of a Burning Man booth in which a good-natured mathematician (Spencer Greenberg) and physicist (Seth Cottrell) answer people's questions about life, the universe, and everything. Spencer and Seth discuss the weirdest and most controversial questions they've answered, why math is fundamentally arbitrary, Seth's preferred alternative to the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum physics, how a weird group of parapsychologists changed the field of physics, and whether you could do a Double Slit Experiment with a Cat Cannon.

Links 

"Ask A Mathematician, Ask a Physicist" blog

"Do Colors Exist?" by Seth Cottrell (book and ebook)

"Bell Inequality for Position and Time" by J. D. Fransen

"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin

"The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th Century Science, including the original papers" by Alan Lightman

"Can you do the double-slit experiment with a cat cannon?"

Spencer's website

Spencer's startup foundry, Spark Wave

Edited by Brent Silk

Music by Miracles of Modern Science

Full Transcripts 

Reader Comments (5)

You mentioned Sabina doesn't believe theories should have naturalness? Who is Sabina?
December 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Cowles
Doug, that would be Sabine Hossenfelder, who wrote the book 'Lost in Math'. Here is her book: https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/sabine-hossenfelder/lost-in-math/9780465094264/

Her RS episode: http://rationallyspeakingpodcast.org/show/rs-211-sabine-hossenfelder-on-the-case-against-beauty-in-phy.html
December 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Muhia
Fundamental Fysiks Group: http://news.mit.edu/2011/hippies-physics-kaiser-0627 These guys do look pretty kool !!

No matter what most Physicists say, the Copenhagen Interpretation and the Many Worlds Interpretation make little to no sense. Someone needs to do an experiment that finally discovers a hidden variable, local or remote.
December 4, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJameson
MIT physicist and historian of science David Kaiser wrote an excellent book about the fundamental fysiks group called "How the Hippies Saved Physics".
December 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJordan
Also, this was a fun episode, especially after some of the more heavy-going economics episodes (but those are good too!).
December 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

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