Thu, 25 October 2018
Featured Book:Lost in Math, by Sabine Hossenfelder
Physics made enormous progress in the 20th century – but Sabine Hossenfelder says we’ve reached a dead-end in the 21st, because today’s physicists take their equations too seriously.
And on the nightstand: Through Two Doors at Once, by Anil Ananthaswamy; and The Order of Time, by Carlo Rovelli.
Direct download: BookLab_018.mp3
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Mon, 28 May 2018
Featured Book:The Strange Order of Things, by Antonio Damasio
How did emotions and feelings – and conscious awareness in general – come into existence? Neuroscientist and philosopher Antonio Damasio weighs in.
And on the nightstand: Internal Time, by Till Roenneberg; and The Last Man Who Knew Everything, by David Schwartz.
Direct download: BookLab_017.mp3
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Sun, 1 April 2018
BookLab 016: A special episode – Why Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time still matters, 30 years later
Stephen Hawking’s first book aimed at a popular audience, A Brief History of Time, became a surprise bestseller and turned the world of popular science writing upside down. We look back at this remarkable book, 30 years after its publication.
Direct download: BookLab_016.mp3
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Thu, 8 February 2018
Featured Book: Life 3.0, by Max Tegmark
Artificial intelligence is set to change the world. Will humanity have what it takes to survive, in the age of intelligent machines?
And on the nightstand: Prehension, by Colin McGinn; and The Social Conquest of Earth by E.O. Wilson.
Direct download: BookLab_015.mp3
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Sun, 1 January 2017
Featured Book: The Big Picture, by Sean Carroll.
Do our lives have any significance in a universe of impersonal particles and forces and physical laws? That’s a big question – but a physicist with an eye on the big picture takes a shot at answering them.
And on the nightstand: You Belong to the Universe, by Jonathon Keats; and Time Travel, by James Gleick.
Direct download: BookLab_014.mp3
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Sat, 17 September 2016
Featured Book: The Gene, by Siddhartha Mukherjee.
The gene shapes who we are. While the science of genetics is still fairly young, it’s advancing at a breakneck speed. What will we do with this new knowledge?
And on the nightstand: Surfing Uncertainty, by Andy Clark; and Black Hole Blues, by Janna Levin.
Direct download: BookLab_013.mp3
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Wed, 22 June 2016
Featured Book: Spooky Action at a Distance, by George Musser.
Quantum entanglement is one of the strangest ideas in modern physics – and could end up changing the way we think about space and time.
And on the nightstand: Why Information Grows, by César Hidalgo; and Inventology, by Pagan Kennedy.
Direct download: BookLab_012.mp3
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Thu, 14 April 2016
Featured Book: Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, by Lisa Randall.
A physicist puts forward a bold idea about how the dinosaurs met their demise – and the role that an exotic kind of matter may have played.
And on the nightstand: The Brain, by David Eagleman; and Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli.
Direct download: BookLab_011.mp3
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Sun, 31 January 2016
Featured Books: Ada’s Algorithm, by James Essinger; and It Began with Babbage, by Subrata Dasgupta.
Two new books look at the history of the computer – the invention that would usher in the modern age.
Direct download: Episode_10_mixdown.mp3
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Wed, 21 October 2015
Two new books look at the history of our species, the rise of science, and how one puny primate conquered the planet: The Upright Thinkers, by Leonard Mlodinov; and Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari.
Direct download: BookLab_009.mp3
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