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The Joy of Mathematics with Professor Ian Stewart of the University of Warwick
Ian Stewart, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick, and highly prolific writer, strongly disagrees with the common view that mathematics is uninteresting, and believes that much of its bad popular reputation is simply based upon a lack…
On Atheists and Bonobos - With Professor Frans de Waal of Emory University
The key to understanding fundamental questions about morality, says primatologist Frans de Waal, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Primate Behavior at Emory University and Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, lies with…
Philosophy of Brain - With Professor Patricia Churchland of the University of California, San Diego
Patricia Churchland, Professor of Philosophy Emerita at the University of California, San Diego, ruminates on what it means to fully appreciate that the mind is fully caused by the brain.
The Problems of Physics with Nobel Prize Winner Sir Anthony J. Leggett
In 1987, Sir Anthony J. Leggett, Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, penned The Problems of Physics, acutely highlighting the key foundational problems of the age.We discussed what has changed and what has stayed the same…
Pushing the Boundaries - With Professor Freeman Dyson of the Institute for Advanced Study
Freeman Dyson, a faculty member at the Institute for Advanced Study, looks back on his simultaneously transformative careers in theoretical physics, mathematics, biology, rocket ship design, nuclear disarmament and writing.
The Mind-Body Problem with tennis champion Janko Tipsarevic
To many tennis fans, Janko Tipsarevic is best identified as the player with a quote from Dostoyevsky's The Idiot tattooed on his left forearm. Suffice it to say that this alone makes him unusual. But dig a little deeper and…
Herculaneum Uncovered - With Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill of the University of Cambridge
We sat down with Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, in The Museum of Classical Archeology at the University of Cambridge to discuss Herculaneum, Pompeii, the politics of excavation and life in the ancient Roman world.
Exploring Autism with Professor Uta Frith of the University College London
Uta Frith, a developmental psychologist working at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, and one of the world's leading researchers on autism, invited us to her home in London, England to discuss what is both known and…
The Cyclic Universe with Professor Sir Roger Penrose of the University of Oxford
Sir Roger Penrose, Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford, is convinced that there is one fundamental problem that is consistently being overlooked in modern cosmological approaches: why did our universe begin…
Minds and Machines - with Miguel Nicolelis of the Center for Neuroengineering, and Professor Anne W. Deane of Duke University
Miguel Nicolelis, Co-Director of the Center for Neuroengineering and Anne W. Deane Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering and Psychology at Duke University, talks about his ever-deepening understanding of the way animal brains work as a direct…
Philosophy for the Masses - With Professor Angie Hobbs of the University of Sheffield
Angie Hobbs, Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, is quite likely the world's first Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy. We talked to her about why philosophy is important and what, precisely, she…
The Science of Siren Songs: Stradivari Unveiled with Joseph Curtin
Joseph Curtin reveals the art and science behind violins and violin-making, critically examining what, if anything, makes a Stradivarius or Guarneri different from a modern violin.
Babbling Barbarians - How Translators Keep Us Civilized with Professor David Bellos of Princeton University
We sat down with David Bellos, Director of Princeton's Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication, at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, to explore the many nuances of the art of translation and to learn why he believes that translation…
The Power of Principles - Physics Revealed with Professor Nima Arkani-Hamed of The Institute for Advanced Study
One of the world's most respected and innovative scientists, Nima Arkani-Hamed, a faculty member at the Institute for Advanced Study, takes us inside the world of a working theoretical physicist, sharing his frustration at some of the ways that physics…
Turning the Mirror: A View From the East - With Pankaj Mishra
Author Pankaj Mishra discusses the long-term impact of Western colonialism and agression on the lives of those in the East, set against the background of his own personal development.
Plato's Heaven - A User's Guide with Professor James Robert Brown of the University of Toronto
What do mathematicians actually do? Just move symbols around or search to uncover undying truths? Most mathematicians shy away from addresing the question, but James Robert Brown, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto plunges straight in to describe…
Apocalypse Then - The First Crusade with Professor Jay Rubenstein of the University of Tennessee
How did the First Crusade happen? Jay Rubenstein, Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University of Tennessee, is convinced that the primary contributing factor was the widespread belief in the Apocalypse and the consequent determination of so many crusaders…
The Two Cultures - With Professor Stefan Collini of the University of Cambridge
When C.P. Snow delivered his 1959 Rede Lecture on The Two Cultures what was he doing? Acutely diagnosing a debilitating anti-scientific strain in contemporary Britain? Or bombastically trotting out self-serving cliches to an uncritical public? Renowned literary critic and intellectual…
The Derveni Papyrus - With Professor Richard Janko of the University of Michigan
In 1962, a half-burnt scroll was discovered in an excavated grave in Derveni, Greece. Though nearly discarded as a burnt stick, it was later revealed to be the oldest surviving European manuscript. Richard Janko, the Gerald F. Else Distinguished University…
Ocean Enlightenment with Edie Widder, Co-founder and CEO of The Conservation Association
Our wide-ranging conversation with Edie Widder, Co-founder, CEO and Senior Scientist at the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA), explores how her study of marine bioluminescence in the open ocean has led her to new scientific discoveries as well as…