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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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English


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Episode 4.6: William Whewell-A Potent Life Forgotten

12/9/2018
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An examination of the scientific contributions of William Whewell through the early and middle parts of his career.

Duration:01:28:28

Episode 4.5: William Whewell-Leaving Home

11/18/2018
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A look at the early life of the scholar and natural philosopher William Whewell.

Duration:01:08:27

Episode 4.4: Out of the Doldrums

11/5/2018
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Wherein the Navigator discusses the state of the podcast going forward.

Duration:00:28:34

Episode 4.3: Probability and Pragmatism

9/3/2018
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In this episode we consider additional solutions to the Problem of Induction include those which rest on determining the certainty of inductively acquired knowledge.

Duration:00:44:34

Episode 4.2: Hypothetically Speaking

8/2/2018
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In this episode we consider several possible solutions to Hume's Problem of Induction including William Whewell's description of scientific inquiry, the hypothetico-deductive methods and Karl Popper's falsifiability criterion.

Duration:01:03:49

Episode 4.1: The Problem of Induction

7/15/2018
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In our new Science and Certainty mini-series, we take a look at what is known as the Problem of Induction in the junction between epistemology and philosophy of science. We review what induction is and then look at various historical statements of the problem culminating with the work of Scottish philosopher, David Hume.

Duration:00:50:30

Episode 3.51: Epilogue, Finding our Place

7/1/2018
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Wherein we reach the end of our journey.

Duration:00:31:10

Episode 3.50.12: Supplemental-Albert Einstein, War and Peace

6/25/2018
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In our final episode of the biographical series on Albert Einstein, we look at the last twenty years of his life in the United States. We consider his conversations with the mathematician Kurt Godel, the letters to Franklin Delano Roosevelt that helped initiate what would become the Manhattan Project, his post-war efforts to promote peace and his principled defiance of McCarthyism.

Duration:01:15:48

Episode 3.50.11: Supplemental-Albert Einstein, Coming to America

6/8/2018
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In this episode of the Scientific Odyssey, we delve more deeply into Einstein's religious views and recap the months up to his emigration to the United States to take a position at the Institute of Advanced Study.

Duration:00:52:20

Episode 3.50.10: Supplemental-Albert Einstein, Politics and Exile

5/31/2018
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In 1930, Albert Einstein wrote, “I believe that the most important mission of the state is to protect the individual and to make it possible for him to develop into a creative personality.” This concise statement of his political philosophy would guide his actions through much of the 1920's and early 30's as he used his fame and celebrity to advance causes important to him. In this episode, we'll examine those actions and causes.

Duration:01:07:19

Episode 3.50.9: Supplemental-Albert Einstein, Entanglement

5/23/2018
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In the words of physicist John Wheeler, “In all the history of human thought, there is no greater dialogue than that which took place over the years between Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein about the meaning of the quantum.” In this episode of the Scientific Odyssey we explore the relationship between the two men that began through journal articles on light quantum and the atom, was further entwined through Nobel Prizes awarded together and continued through debates shared in letters, papers...

Duration:00:58:49

Episode 3.50.8: Supplemental-Albert Einstein, The Price of Fame

5/14/2018
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In this episode we look at Einstein's rise to international fame and what it cost him.

Duration:00:53:44

Episode 3.50.7: Supplemental-Albert Einstein, The Best and Worst of Times

5/6/2018
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When Einstein moved to Berlin in 1914, he entered into a period of intense turmoil, both in his scientific work and in his personal life. In this episode, we take a look at the factors that led him to Berlin and what transpired once he got there.

Duration:01:24:36

Episode 3.50.6: Supplemental-Einstein's Angels

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