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Physical Attraction is the show that tries to explain physics... one chat-up line at a time.

Physical Attraction is the show that tries to explain physics... one chat-up line at a time.
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United Kingdom

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Physical Attraction is the show that tries to explain physics... one chat-up line at a time.

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@physicspod

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English


Episodes

Newton IV: Alchemy, Mercury, Legacy

7/19/2018
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Alongside all of his scientific achievements, there is another fascinating side to Newton - one intimately linked with the supernatural, even the occult. A belief in alchemy, an attempt to establish a new chronology, hunting through the Bible for the ability to predict the future: were these aspects to Newton's intellect contrary to his rationality, or did they actually feed into his studies of physics? And, as we bring his life to its conclusion, we'll try to answer Keynes'...

Duration:00:57:18

Newton III: The Cosmic Ballet

7/13/2018
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In this episode, we get into the heart of Isaac Newton's scientific contribution. His laws of mechanics and gravitation fundamentally changed the way that we viewed both motion, and one of the (now four) fundamental forces. They would become the theory that dominated our understanding for the next three centuries, and even when relativity is discovered, Newton's laws are accurate enough across a wide enough range of circumstances to allow us to put humans on the Moon. We'll dive into...

Duration:01:50:33

Newton II: Calculus, Corpuscles, and the Plague Years

7/5/2018
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We discuss some of Isaac Newton's most notable discoveries, from the invention of calculus (simultaneously with Leibniz) and his early grappling and wrestling with a physical theory of light. Was Newton contemplating wave-particle duality in the 17th century? You can follow the podcast on Twitter @physicspod and follow us on Facebook at the Physical Attraction page. Visit our website at www.physicspodcast.com where you can find A YEAR'S WORTH of back episodes, alongside donation...

Duration:00:39:45

Autocracy Now Bonus: Stalin Episode III: Taking Control

7/3/2018
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As Lenin's health declined, Stalin sought to outmanouver his rivals in the Bolshevik party and consolidate single-handed, dictatorial control over Russia. Follow us on Twitter @autocracynow, our sister podcast @physicspod, and subscribe to the show where-ever you listen to podcasts. Visit our online home at www.autocracynow.libsyn.com. If you want to support independent podcasters and enjoyed this show, consider donating to help keep us going, or buying a bonus episode of the physics...

Duration:00:33:52

Isaac Newton, Part I : Burning Down The House

6/28/2018
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Isaac Newton made an almost incomparable contribution to physics - practically founding the field with his famous Laws that defined the mechanics of how bodies move for centuries, and by discovering gravity when an apple hit his head. At least, that's the story we all learn in school. But this skips a lot of the crucial history of physics between Aristotle and the 17th century - and, what's more, Isaac Newton was not just a physicist. He was the last of the magicians. In this, the...

Duration:00:33:23

How to Save the World, part II

6/17/2018
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Should we be talking about a one-world government to head off existential threats? What about schemes to preserve human genetic information, or launch relics from our civilisation to land on the moon? Is worrying about the end of the world even worthwhile? What can we practically do to reduce the risks for our civilisation? These are the questions that this, the very last episode in our TEOTWAWKI series (okay... for now...) will explore. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Twitter:...

Duration:00:48:43

TEOTWAWKI: How To Save The World, Part 1

6/8/2018
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So, now that I’ve thoroughly frightened us all with the terrifying visions of the apocalypse, I guess I should answer the question: what can we do to save ourselves? What should we do to save ourselves? Of course, this podcast episode won't save the world - not even close. But hopefully it will raise some interesting questions - and, if you agree or disagree with what I'm saying, as ever, please contact me! You can get in touch via Twitter @physicspod, the Facebook page at Physical...

Duration:02:25:04

Future of Work, Part II - The Rant Edition

5/31/2018
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Last episode on the Future of Work, I described the problem – artificial intelligence is going to potentially make a lot of people unemployed in the near-term future; and the range of opinions, you can kind of pick and mix from: It’s the robot job apocalypse! Society as we know it will soon be over! It’s okay, we’ll just give everyone a Universal Basic Income and they can all start small businesses or learn to code or something. It’s okay, we’ll just retrain everyone so that all...

Duration:00:46:53

Bonus: Stalin Episode II, Revolution and Civil War

5/30/2018
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The last bonus from the Autocracy Now feed for a while - we take Stalin's career up to the Russian Revolution and Civil War. For the rest of his story, head over to www.autocracynow.libsyn.com Or subscribe via iTunes, where-ever you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:31:16

The Future of Work (I)

5/25/2018
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Some thoughts on the robot-job-apocalypse. Will automation render us all unemployed? How can you hope to keep yourself relevant? Should we all become neo-Luddites, or is reality more complicated than the fears we can conjure up?

Duration:00:30:24

TEOTWAWKI - The End of Everything

5/17/2018
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If we manage to survive the Sun gradually heating up, though, there might be a bigger problem before the Sun runs out of hydrogen. See, Monty Python and the Galaxy Song have it right; our galaxy is only one of millions and billions in this amazing and expanding Universe. Physics is stunning. The reason is that it exists on so many different scales. On impossibly small lengthscales, we have no idea what’s going on; things are strange, and weird, and quantum. Then we move up towards the...

Duration:00:22:58

TEOTWAWKI - Utopia

5/10/2018
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So, what happens if we manage to survive all of the catastrophic risks that we've detailed in the previous episodes? This is a highly-speculative fantasy about what that future might look like. It's highly likely to be wrong. It's a portrait of what someone might call a utopia. I don't know if it's my utopia; I certainly don't know if it's yours. China Mieville says that you already live in a utopia: it's just not your utopia. What could the future mean? Could history...

Duration:00:30:52

BONUS: Autocracy Now, Stalin I: Rebel to Revolutionary

5/9/2018
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This is a bonus episode coming out on the Physical Attraction feed. The topic is even less related to physics than usual, but since it's extra, I hope you'll forgive me. As I mentioned a few episodes ago, this wasn't the first podcast I ever made. In fact, I scripted and recorded about twenty episodes of a show - Autocracy Now - on historical dictators. It's not something I'm an expert in - just a topic of fascination! Then I started the physics show. And it became clear to me that it...

Duration:00:40:42

BONUS: Autocracy Now - Commodus

5/8/2018
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This is a bonus episode coming out on the Physical Attraction feed. The topic is even less related to physics than usual, but since it's extra, I hope you'll forgive me. As I mentioned a few episodes ago, this wasn't the first podcast I ever made. In fact, I scripted and recorded about twenty episodes of a show - Autocracy Now - on historical dictators. It's not something I'm an expert in - just a topic of fascination! Then I started the physics show. And it became clear to me that it...

Duration:00:33:14

TEOTWAWKI Failed Predictions - Part I (Free Episode)

5/3/2018
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So, it won't come to any surprise to any of you to realise that - while I've researched all of the various ways the world might end - I've found an awful lot of ways the world CATEGORICALLY WON'T END. From Raptures gone wrong to Nibiru, the planet that does not exist and will not crash into Earth, this episode eases the drama a little bit by going through some of the end-of-the-world predictions that didn't come true. The second half of the show will be available via the website as a...

Duration:00:47:52

Startup Nectome Promises Immortality or Death: Can they deliver?

4/26/2018
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Nectome took the tech social media world by storm when they announced, at Y Combinator, that they'd kill you for $10,000. Well, they'd kill you and preserve your brain, possibly leading to some kind of digital immortality when they upload your brain to a computer. This was met with excitement, skepticism, and - ultimately - MIT severed ties with the company. We look into the science, ethics, and philosophy of Nectome's proposed brain-uploading scheme. Could it really work? Or is it just...

Duration:00:24:26

Stephen Schwartz, Atomic Analyst, on nuclear weapons: from the Cold War to Trump

4/19/2018
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We have a special guest on the show today - Stephen Schwartz. Stephen is an expert on nuclear weapons; he has been studying nuclear weapons policy, particularly in the US, for decades. His book - The Atomic Audit - was the first ever survey of the true financial cost of nuclear weapons; he has been the editor and publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, who manage the famous Doomsday clock and publish scholarly and popular literature on existential threats including nuclear...

Duration:01:13:47

Simon Ings on Stalin and the Scientists: Triumph and Tragedy

4/12/2018
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One of the best and most enjoyable parts of hosting this show is when my favourite authors are kind enough to speak to me. I'd like to thank Simon for an excellent, enlightening, entertaining discussion: if you enjoy listening to it half as much as I enjoyed the conversation, you're in for a real treat. Today, as part of our series on science in the USSR, I'm delighted to say that we have an interview with Simon Ings, the author of a wonderful book on the subject - Stalin and the...

Duration:01:27:55

Simon Ings on Stalin and the Scientists: The Revolution.mp3

4/5/2018
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One of the best and most enjoyable parts of hosting this show is when my favourite authors are kind enough to speak to me. I'd like to thank Simon for an excellent, enlightening, entertaining discussion: if you enjoy listening to it half as much as I enjoyed the conversation, you're in for a real treat. Today, as part of our series on science in the USSR, I'm delighted to say that we have an interview with Simon Ings, the author of a wonderful book on the subject - Stalin and the...

Duration:00:52:14

We Can Always Shoot Them Later - Stalin, Soviet Science, and the Bomb (II)

3/29/2018
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"Leave the physicists be," said Stalin to his chief of police, Beria. "We can always shoot them later." In this series of episodes, we'll take you inside the world of science in the USSR - with a particular focus on how they developed the atomic bomb. The gulags were not the only prisons in the Soviet Union; in fact, they constructed entire secret cities, called "Atomgrads", to house the scientists working on the bomb project. Technical experts were detained in prisons called...

Duration:00:25:29