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.... Show More

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Daniel interviews Becky Chambers about her book "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. " Volume 1 of the Wayfarers series which won the Hugo award for best series. You can purchase a copy of the book here.

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March 30, 2020 44 min

Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners, like you!

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March 26, 2020 44 min

Discover virtual particles with Daniel and Jorge

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Daniel and Jorge discuss the science fiction book "Recursion" by Blake Crouch. Blake comes on for an interview to discuss his thoughts and method. Pickup your own copy of Recursion. It's a thrilling novel!


First live stream from Daniel and Jorge airing Friday, March 27th at 10am pst or 1pm est.

Streaming at https://www.youtube.com/user/phdcomics

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March 18, 2020 51 min

Shrink down the the quantum realm with Daniel and Jorge and discover the size of the electron

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March 16, 2020 45 min

Find out why strange matter is so strange with daniel and jorge

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In this very special new series of episodes Daniel and Jorge interview famous authors. Today we discuss "Ancillary Justice" the debut novel of the talented Anne Leckie. It's the only novel to ever win the Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke awards. You can find it here.

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What is the biggest explosion in the universe that mankind has ever witnessed? Find out with Daniel and Jorge.

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March 5, 2020 48 min

If we needed to move the sun, could we do it?

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March 3, 2020 51 min

Is the universe finite or infinite?

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The Spitzer Space Telescope is retiring. What have we learned from it?

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February 25, 2020 46 min

Which of these four physics adventures would you prefer?

  • Visit the Quantum Realm
  • See inside a Black Hole
  • Travel faster than light
  • Meet intelligent aliens

  • Link if you'd like to contribute to the poll.

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    February 20, 2020 54 min

    Daniel and Jorge discuss loop quantum gravity with a special appearance from Bianca Dittrich, a PhD in gravitational physics and an expert in loop quantum gravity and spin foam.

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    Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners like you!

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    We're taking a deep dive into the subject of supernovas. What causes them? What do we know about them and can they harm us here on earth.?

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    February 11, 2020 46 min

    Do rogue planets exist? Could they support life?

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    February 6, 2020 47 min

    The speed of light is constant but is it possible to slow it down?

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    February 4, 2020 47 min

    What is the mysterious force that is attracting our galaxy to it?

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    January 30, 2020 45 min

    Is there any way particles can travel faster than light or is it against the laws of physics?

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    January 28, 2020 55 min

    What would happen if....

  • Gravity turned off for 3 seconds
  • The earth started rotating the other way
  • All electrons within 1 light year suddenly disappeared
  • Our sun shut off for 2 weeks
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