Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe

Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe

A fun-filled discussion of the big, mind-blowing, unanswered questions about the Universe. In each episode, Daniel Whiteson (a Physicist who works at CERN) and Jorge Cham (a popular online cartoonist) discuss some of the simple but profound questions that people have been wondering about for thousands of years, explaining the science in a fun, shorts-wearing and jargon-free way.

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September 29, 2022 54 min

Daniel talks to Prof. Tim O'Connor about why the craziness of the world around us seems to resolve into things we can understand.

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Daniel and Jorge talk about hot and cold coffee, weather and desserts and wrestle with whether things can be colder than zero!

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September 22, 2022 59 min

Daniel talks to Prof. Mark Colyvan, philosopher of mathematics, about whether math is something we invented or discovered.

 

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September 20, 2022 51 min

Daniel and Jorge talk about finding order among the messiness of the Universe, and the strange frustration of quantum spin glasses.

 

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September 15, 2022 50 min

Daniel and Kelly walk through the trajectory of the Lucy mission and talk about what it might teach us about our origins. 

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Daniel and Katie talk about the mysteries of supernovae, and why we haven't seen a local one since Kepler! 

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September 8, 2022 56 min

Daniel and Jorge take a bite out of "nuclear pasta" and dive into the heart of these strange stars.

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September 6, 2022 53 min

Daniel and Jorge grapple with this hard-to-say word that might make complex quantum calculations much easier.

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Daniel and Jorge talk about the surprises found in the first science from the James Webb telescope and what it means for our understanding of the early Universe. 

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Daniel and Kelly wrestle with competing infinities to understand why the night sky is not catastrophically ablaze with light. 

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August 25, 2022 52 min

Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners about how discoveries are made, the most important recent discoveries and how to detect aliens.

 

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August 23, 2022 51 min

Daniel and Jorge grapple with the possibility that time could flow in more than one direction, at the same time(s).

 

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August 18, 2022 58 min

Daniel and Katie talk about how one of the basic building blocks of matter is surprisingly impermanent and mysterious. 

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Daniel and Jorge talk about what happens when one superstar of physics slams into another.

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August 11, 2022 50 min

Daniel and Jorge talk about the lengths people will go to avoid accepting the randomness of quantum mechanics. 

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Daniel and Jorge break down the differences between the two-way and one-way speed of light.

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August 4, 2022 54 min

Daniel and Jorge talk about whether black holes have a temperature and if we can ever know! 

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Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners like you! Send your questions to questions@danielandjorge.com 

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July 28, 2022 57 min

Daniel and Jorge talk about whether the Universe got an extra boost of expansion early on, and if it's cartoonists' fault. 

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Daniel and Katie talk about where the missing matter in the Universe might be, and how slime molds might help us find it. 

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