This week’s episode of The Adelaide Show, quantum physics with Dr Sundance Bilson-Thompson, will introduce you to a complex area of science in a way that will hopefully interest and engage you.
This week, the SA Drink Of The Week is Nippy’s Apple Juice.
In IS IT NEWS, Nigel challenges us on stories about physics.
In 100 Weeks Ago, we take you back to our night with Dr Gemma Munro, CEO and founder of Inkling Women.
And in the musical pilgrimage … we have a brand new song from Luke Carlino ft. Daydream Fever.
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Running Sheet: Quantum physics with Dr Sundance
|Theme and Introduction. Our original theme song in full is here, Adelaidey-hoo.|
|00:02:23||SA Drink Of The Week
|Nippys Apple Juice … tasting notes|
|00:11:29||Stories Without Notice
|Steve is in Melbourne this week with the School Of Hard Knock Knocks, filming a TV show, Is This Thing On?|
|00:28:33||Dr Sundance Bilson-Thompson|
American theoretical physicist, Richard Feynman, said: Physics is like sex. Sure, it may give some practical results, but that’s not why we do it. And that’s exactly the reason we have Australian theoretical particle physicist, Dr Sundance Bilson-Thompson on the podcast; we’re not sure what we’re going to produce but we know we’ll all feel much better for having had the experience.
In the video, Finding Value & Beauty in Fundamental Physics, you argued that there is a moral imperative for studying science. Can you unpack that for us because I think it is a great reason for us dedicating another episode to the discipline.
Also in that video, you go into the beauty of physics and argue it has similarities to representational art and plenty of differences.
Time machines. It was one of the first things that attracted you to physics. Why?
Cosmology and General Relativity were the first areas of deep interest in physics. What do they mean?
Physics beyond the standard model. What is the standard model? What makes somebody look beyond it?
I need to clear up some other basics, by taking you through three verses of Monty Python’s Galaxy Song, for a quick pulse check on whether the claims are still considered sound science.
Our galaxy itself, contains a hundred billion stars
We’re thirty thousand light years from galactic central point
The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
How does the Theory Of Everything relate to these terms?
Just before we dive deeply into Quantum Physics or Quantum Mechanics, I have Professor Brian Cox’s reworking of Richard Feynman’s explanation, done in less than 60 seconds from the BBC. Let’s have a listen (and the video is in the show notes).
What do you think of that explanation?
Let’s get to the main fare, which is the idea you developed that propelled you onto the world stage. You have posited that certain preon models may be represented topologically, rather than by treating preons as pointlike particles. And this might represent a way of incorporating the Standard Model into loop quantum gravity, making loop quantum gravity a candidate theory of everything.
Let’s start by defining some terms:
Where are you at with your research? What next?
Can you leave us with something to stun guests (or stir them up) at our next dinner party?
|01:43:37||Is It News?
Nigel Dobson-Keeffe challenges the panel to pick the fake story from three stories from South Australia’s past.
News March 1953
News March 1943
The Advertiser March 1954
|01:54:00||100 Weeks Ago
|We opened the vault to go back 100 weeks to our night with Dr Gemma Munro, CEO and founder of Inkling Women. In the discussion, she raised the issue of how many people, men in power in particular, can be blind to gender inequality.|
|01:59:18|| Musical Pilgrimage
And our song this week is Minute by Luke Carlino ft. Daydream Fever, selected by our musical curator, Todd Fischer.
Sundance, this song is called Minute. Is “minute” a real thing in space time? What is time? Can we stretch it? Can a minute NOT be a minute?
Adelaide Single Launch
|Good morning universe|
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