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An examination of scientific inquiry through a discussion of the history and philosophy of the scientific endeavor.

An examination of scientific inquiry through a discussion of the history and philosophy of the scientific endeavor.
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An examination of scientific inquiry through a discussion of the history and philosophy of the scientific endeavor.

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Episode 3.50.6: Supplemental-Einstein's Angles

4/11/2018
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This week we look at the period of Albert Einstein's life from 1905-1913 as he moved from one position to another on his rise among the European physics community

Duration:01:02:11

Episode 3.50.5: Supplemental-Albert Einstein, A Most Miraculous Year-Special Relativity

3/25/2018
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In the second half of 1905, Albert Einstein published tow papers that refined humanity's understanding of space and time as well as the relationship between mass and energy. In this episode, we examine the factors that led to these discoveries.

Duration:01:08:31

Episode 3.50.4: Supplemental-Albert Einstein, A Most Miraculous Year-Light and Atoms

3/12/2018
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In 1905, Albert Einstein published five papers that changed the course of physics and the modern world. In this episode, we look at the first three of those works including his paper on the photoelectric effect, his derivation of Avogardo's number and his analysis of Brownian motion that more or less proved the existence of atoms.

Duration:00:45:19

Episode 3.50.3: Supplemental-Albert Einstein, The Bourgeois Bohemian-Part 2

3/4/2018
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In this second part of our examination of Einstein's life before the Miracle Year of 1905, we examine the period between his graduation from the Zurich Polytechnic and his being hired at the Swiss patent office. We discuss his scientific work as well as his relationship with Mileva Maric and the issues surround that.

Duration:01:08:12

Episode 3.50.2: Supplemental-Albert Einstein, The Bourgeois Bohemian, Part 1

2/11/2018
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In 1896, Albert Einstein enrolled in the teacher preparation program for physics and mathematics at the Zurich Polytechnic. We look at the events that brought him to that point and what transpired while he was a student there, including the beginning of his romantic relationship with Mileva Maric.

Duration:01:06:27

Episode 3.50.1: Supplemental-Albert Einstein, A Fine Young Swabian

2/4/2018
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In this first episode of our biographical series on Albert Einstein, we look at his childhood growing up in Munich and the various influences that would shape him in many ways.

Duration:01:02:35

Episode 3.49.3: Supplemental-Eddington and Chandrasekhar

1/28/2018
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In this episode, we look at the dispute between British astrophysicist Arthur Eddington and Indian prodigy Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar over white dwarf objects and the fate of higher mass stars.

Duration:01:22:33

Episode 3.49.2: Supplemental-Arthur Stanley Eddington, The Seeker's Journey

12/24/2017
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For A. S. Eddington, the most important thing a think ing person could do, whether they be a scientist or a person of faith, was to follow a path of inquiry that sought to uncover new insights and new truths. In this episode, we look at how this value influenced Eddington's work in stellar structure and relativity. Additionally, we look at how his other valence values such as internationalism influenced his actions during the Great War.

Duration:01:02:05

Episode 3.49.1: Supplemental-Arthur Stanley Eddington, Science and Faith

12/10/2017
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In this episode we consider the question of whether a person can be both religious and a scientist by looking at the early life of the British Astrophysicist and lifelong Quaker, Arthur Stanley Eddington.

Duration:00:53:19

Episode 3.49: The Present Puzzle

11/26/2017
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In our final narrative episode of this series, we encounter the last piece of the cosmological puzzle-dark energy. We look at the way in which is was discovered and what it means for the ultimate fate of our universe.

Duration:00:49:52

Episode 3.48: Matters Dark and Mysterious

11/21/2017
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This week we look at the work of Vera Rubin and Fritz Zwicky that led to the idea that roughly 85% of the matter in the universe can't be detected except by the gravitational influence on the matter we can see. We also consider alternative explanations and examine the evidence in favor of Dark Matter.

Duration:01:09:49

Episode 3.47: Very Big Questions About Really Small Things

11/13/2017
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In the late 1960's and early 1970's, several problems arose with the Big Bang Theory's attempt to explain certain aspects of the early universe. In 1979, Alan Guth worked out a solution to those known as the Inflationary Model that added a new layer of understanding of the physical processes that governed the earliest moments of the cosmos.

Duration:01:05:29

Episode 3.46: Lurking in the Background

11/5/2017
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Wherein we discuss the detection of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation by Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson.

Duration:00:44:54

Episode 3.45: The Stuff of Stars

10/29/2017
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This week we look at the work of a number of astrophysicists including Cecilia Payne, Arthur Eddington, Hans Bethe and Charles Critchfield, and Fred Hoyle and Willie Fowler to better understand how the elements are made within the cores of stars. Special introduction by Stephen Guerra of the History of the Papacy and the Beyond the Big Screen podcasts.

Duration:00:46:54

Episode 3.44: The Big Bang Hypothesis

10/22/2017
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In 1948, one of the most important papers in the history of science was published in the pages of the Physical Review. In it, authors Ralph Alpher, Hans Bethe (in absentia) and George Gamow not only perpetrated one of the greatest plays on words in the annals of science, they also put forward the physical calculations in support that the universe as we see it today began from a small, hot, dense state known as the Primeval Fireball. In this episode, we trace the development of that idea.

Duration:01:10:08

Episode 3.43.4-Supplemental-George Ellery Hale, Triumph and Breakdown

10/10/2017
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In our third and final installment of the life of George Ellery Hale, we look at the establishment of the Mt. Wilson Observatory and his other endeavors. We also examine the psychological pressures that drove him and eventually lead to his mental breakdown.

Duration:00:57:27

Episode 3.43.3: Supplemental-George Ellery Hale-The Making of a Reputation

10/2/2017
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In the decade between 1890 and 1900, George Hale went from being a promising graduate of MIT to the world famous director of the Yerkes Observatory. In this episode, we follow his life and work during this critical time.

Duration:00:52:51

Episode 3.43.3: Supplemental-George Ellery Hale, Rise of a Visionary

9/24/2017
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This week we begin a biographical series on George Ellery hale by covering his life from his childhood in Chicago up through his graduation and marriage.

Duration:00:52:42

Episode 3.43.1: Supplemental-Masters of Reflection

9/17/2017
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The shift from astronomy to astrophysics necessitated the development of new tools of observation at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. In this episode, we look at the rise of the reflecting telescopes and the men who use them including, James Keeler and George Ritchey, probably the greatest telescope designer in history.

Duration:01:01:37

Episode 3.43: An Expanding Universe

9/10/2017
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In 1927 Fr. Georges Lemaire published a paper in a little known Belgian scientific journal that described an expanding universe. Two years later, Milton Human and Edwin Hubble presented evidence to support support this model. In this episode, we look at the development of the idea of a universe that was not static or steady.

Duration:00:54:57

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