Why This Universe?

Dan Hooper, Shalma Wegsman

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.

  • 37 minutes 14 seconds
    85 - Our Sun: Present, Past and Future
    Today's episode is all about the star in our front yard - the sun. Learn how it came to be, how it has changed, and how will it change in the future. For ad free episodes and other exclusives, join us for just $3 a month on Patreon: https://patreon.com/whythisuniverse Our merch is available here: https://www.shalmawegsman.com/why-this-universe
    17 June 2024, 7:04 pm
  • 45 minutes 5 seconds
    84 - The Search For New Worlds (ft. Josh Winn)
    Hear how the search for exoplanets has developed, and what surprises it has brought so far. For ad free episodes and other exclusives, join us for just $3 a month on Patreon: https://patreon.com/whythisuniverse Our merch is available here: https://www.shalmawegsman.com/why-this-universe
    3 June 2024, 3:45 pm
  • 31 minutes 35 seconds
    83 - Witnessing a Revolution in Particle Physics (Ft. Chris Quigg)
    Today we hear from someone who bore witness to the so-called “November Revolution” of particle physics in 1974. For ad free episodes and other exclusives, join us for just $3 a month on Patreon: https://patreon.com/whythisuniverse Our merch is available here: https://www.shalmawegsman.com/why-this-universe
    13 May 2024, 1:39 pm
  • 35 minutes 31 seconds
    82 - Science Vs. Pseudoscience
    Pseudoscience can sometimes be hard to distinguish from the real thing. Today we discuss how philosophers of science have thought about this problem. For ad free episodes and other exclusives, join us for just $3 a month on Patreon: https://patreon.com/whythisuniverse Our merch is available here: https://www.shalmawegsman.com/why-this-universe
    29 April 2024, 4:09 pm
  • 43 minutes 16 seconds
    81 - Ancient Greek Astronomy
    The first episode in a new mini-series on philosophical problems in cosmology - Today we start with the origins of Western science and learn what the ancient Greeks thought about the cosmos. For ad free episodes and other exclusives, join us for just $3 a month on Patreon: https://patreon.com/whythisuniverse Our merch is available here: https://www.shalmawegsman.com/why-this-universe
    15 April 2024, 3:54 pm
  • 16 minutes 39 seconds
    80 - (April Fools 2024) A Surprising Discovery Shaking Up Modern Cosmology
    Hear how a recent discovery of the motions of galaxies is changing how cosmologists are thinking about our universe. For ad free episodes and other exclusives, join us for just $3 a month on Patreon: https://patreon.com/whythisuniverse Our merch is available here: https://www.shalmawegsman.com/why-this-universe
    1 April 2024, 12:58 pm
  • 40 minutes 54 seconds
    79 - NanoGRAV's Big Gravitational Wave Discovery (Ft. Chiara Mingarelli)
    Last year, an experiment called NanoGRAV made a surprising discovery of gravitational waves using pulsars around the universe. Special guest Chiara Mingarelli explains. For ad free episodes and other exclusives, join us for just $3 a month on Patreon: https://patreon.com/whythisuniverse Our merch is available here: https://www.shalmawegsman.com/why-this-universe
    18 March 2024, 3:48 pm
  • 38 minutes 30 seconds
    78 - The Life of a Science Journalist (Ft. Katrina Miller)

    What's it like bringing science to the most general public audiences? How do you distill complex results into short news-worthy articles without getting lost in clickbait? Today we hear the perspective of New York Times science journalist Katrina Miller.

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    4 March 2024, 2:00 pm
  • 40 minutes 31 seconds
    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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    5 February 2024, 12:00 am
  • 37 minutes 59 seconds
    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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    22 January 2024, 10:00 pm
  • 42 minutes 1 second
    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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    8 January 2024, 3:00 am
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