Jan 31, 2019
There’s a famous saying that’s attributed to the statistician
Henry L Box – but it’s one of the most important sayings for
thinking about physics, and science in general.
“All models are wrong, but some models are useful.”
What does this mean, and how does it relate to the nucleus of the atom? Can we work...
Jan 25, 2019
Our series of episodes on nuclear fusion begins with the
Rutherford Gold Foil experiment, which first discovered the nucleus
and changed our understanding of the atomic world
From an experiment "every bit as astonishing as if you shot a 15-inch shell at tissue paper and it bounced back", to the poor graduate...
Jan 18, 2019
What happened when one of history's most esteemed biologists
fought with one of history's most esteemed physicists about how old
the Earth could be? And what has any of this got to do with nuclear
Find out more in the next, exciting instalment of The Hitchhiker's Guide To --- I...
Jan 8, 2019
In 1928, Huey Long was riding high. He'd beaten all opposition and achieved the second step in his life-plan. Get elected to minor public office, check. Get elected to the Governorship, check. There's little doubt given everything we know about him that he was already angling for a seat in the Senate - although in his...
Jan 1, 2019
Hello, and welcome to this episode of Physical Attraction. In this episode, I interview Karin Kuhlemann on the subject of population.
We touched on this briefly during the TEOTWAWKI specials, particularly in relation to the ancient ideas of Malthus - that famine might "correct" natural excesses of human population in...