The Thought Experiment
By Scott V. Burger
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Thought Experiments are described as devices of the imagination used to investigate the nature of things. Everything from the nature of philosophy, mathematics and physics and the construction of ideas applies to Thought Experiments.
||First New Show||The first episode of the new joint podcast, "Questioning the Cosmos" is online. Check it out and stuff!||8/8/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||Shedding Light on Dark Matter (supplement)||Shedding Light on Dark Matter Powerpoint I've added as supplementary material here, my actual printed powerpoint presentation slides for the 4-part 50-minute lecture. Although the incredible animation effects that went into the Barry Bonds segment aren't||8/30/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Shedding Light on Dark Matter (part 4)||Shedding Light on Dark Matter (part 4) In the fall I'm giving a lecture series on topics ranging from the history of the universe to time travel. Dark Matter is one of those topics. In this final part of the series, we go over a very brief history of Dark||8/29/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Shedding Light on Dark Matter (part 3)||Shedding Light on Dark Matter (part 3) In the fall I'm giving a lecture series on topics ranging from the history of the universe to time travel. Dark Matter is one of those topics. In this third of 4 part series, we go over candidates for dark matter par||8/21/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Shedding Light on Dark Matter (part 2)||Shedding Light on Dark Matter (part 2) In the fall I'm giving a lecture series on topics ranging from the history of the universe to time travel. Dark Matter is one of those topics. In this second of 4 part series, I do a thought experiment involving Barr||8/14/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Shedding Light on Dark Matter (part 1)||Shedding Light on Dark Matter (part 1) In the fall I'm giving a lecture series on topics ranging from the history of the universe to time travel. Dark Matter is one of those topics. In this first of 4 part series, I give a brief introduction and go over d||8/8/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoThe Strong Nuclear Force (video)||The Strong Nuclear Force The Thought Experiment podcast has been kind of stagnant lately. Largely because I've been so busy here on campus with Dark Matter research and so on and hopefully this video, a talk I gave recently on the strong nuclear force tha||7/2/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Quantum Tunneling||Quantum Tunneling Tunneling is a very, very mathematical process by which a particle can 'leak' out into its surroundings. This has to do with all sorts of things called wave functions, probability densities, and so on, but the real aspect behind them is:||4/17/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Intro to Quantum Mechanics||Intro to Quantum Mechanics Ironically, the delay for this week's quantum mechanics podcast was brought on by quantum mechanics homework. In any case, this week I delve into the beginnings of what quantum mechanics is, opening up the playing field into the||2/13/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Borel's Infinite Monkeys||Borel's Infinite Monkeys Returning triumphant for a second season of thought experimenting, we continue on our history of thought experiments into the later 1920s with Borel's mathematical analysis of what happens when you get a ton of monkeys in a room w||1/15/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Q&A With Brian Greene||Q&A With Brian Greene Last week string theorist and physicist at Columbia University, Brian Greene came to my university as a part of a lecture series featuring distinguished lecturers. He did a question and answer session for a small group of us (about 2||10/21/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||Heisenburg's Uncertainty Principle||Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle What can a retired basketball player and a cannon full of paintballs teach us about quantum uncertainty? A lot, actually. Have a listen in on why we can't tell where a proton is at the same time when we know its momentum||9/12/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Banach-Tarski Paradox||The Banach-Tarski Paradox A mouthful no doubt! This week we go over just how a mathematical universe differs from a physical one on the basis of the Axiom of Choice. More interestingly, if we exploit this paradox, we can clone anything we want with the ex||9/3/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
|14||Kent Hovind's Last Debate||Kent Hovind's Last Debate Well, this week we had originally planned to go over Maxwell's Demon, but a screwup in the recording prompted us to ditch the file. Perhaps it was for the better, given that it is the 1 year anniversary of our debate with famed c||7/23/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mach's Machine||Mach's Machine Courtesy of Stanford Ersnt Mach proposed that perpetual motion machines went against common sense. In this solitary episode, I talk about various claims of pseudo-scientific energy companies and talk about why their murky science is, at bes||7/13/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||Can Life be Patented? (Skypecast)||Can Life Be Patented? A deep philosophical question indeed, arisen from the recent episode of Science Friday's discussion on ethics of cloning. Andrew and I are joined by members of the Skype community in the form of a skypecast in which we discuss the id||7/9/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paley's Watch (Guest)||Paley's Watch Special guest of the Big Bang and Creationism Podcast and colleague of mine, Robert Lippens joins returning co-host Andrew and I on a discussion about Intelligent Design. William Paley engineered his thought experiment about the watch and th||6/25/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
Get it together guys! Bad audio!
I was really glad to find all this content and to read the reviews, I was anticipating the best. Well, first of all the Brian Greene podcast is so distorted you can't hear it. It gets worse! The other programs have this goofy, inane, inappropriate music at 0 db level (painfully loud) and then the voice at like -30 db, when all of a sudden at some random point in the middle of some talk, on comes the dumb music again (as if it is some kind of interlude?) and blows your ears out. Lose the idiotic music, get a good microphone, learn how to record a podcast, listen to it before submitting it, and get your levels set. All your work is wasted if you don't get the audio right. I think I will just delete all the ones I downloaded.
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