Frank Wilczeck Interview

April 10th, 2011 by Lewis Frumkes

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Frank Wilczeck won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2004 for work he had done on asymptotic freedom with the strong force. He was also one of the discoverers of electrochromodynamics, and anyons. The prize was awarded for work Wilczeck had done when he was 21 years old at Princeton. I spent some time with Frank talking about all the things on my mind about cosmology and origins, and Frank patiently answered me with thoughtful and articulate responses. He is bright and one of the few physicists who also has the talent to translate arcane mathematical equations and physics into language an intelligent lay person can understand. Please join us for this show. . . I think you will enjoy it.

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Murray Gell-Mann Interview

December 27th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes

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Murray Gell-Mann is the Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus at Caltech and widely regarded as one of the smartest men on the planet. Suffice that he speaks 15 languages, graduated from Yale University at the age of 18 and in 1969 won the Nobel Prize in physics for his work on elementary particles. Essentially he formulated the quark model of hadronic resonances, and identified the SU(3) flavor symmetry of the light quarks, extending isospin to include strangeness, which he also discovered. He also collaborated with Richard Feynman to discover the V-A theory of chiral neutrinos. Join us as we discuss basic concepts of cosmology, GUT theory, and Murray’s book “The Jaguar and The Quark.”

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Freeman Dyson Interview

December 27th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes

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Freeman Dyson who has long been a legend at The Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton is a theoretical physicist and mathematician of the first order, a futurist, and a nuclear engineer. British by birth, Dyson studied with Hans Bethe at Cornell before moving to the Institute for Advanced Study.  He is probably best known for demonstrating in 1949 the equivalence of the formulations of quantum electrodynamics that existed at the time— Feynman’s diagrammatic path integral formulation and the operator method developed by Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga for which Schwinger, Feynman, and Tomonaga shared the Nobel Prize. Dyson also did seminal work in topology, analysis, number theory, random matrices and other abstruse topics in mathematics.  On first meeting him Dyson can seem a tad eccentric, subversive, perfectionistic and cantankerous. . . but ultimately with his impish little smile he comes across as quite charming. When I asked him of all the scientists with whom he worked whom he thought possessed true genius, he unhesitatingly answered. . . Richard Feynman.

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Oliver Sachs Interview

September 1st, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes

 

the-island-of-the-colorblindWriter/neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks is best known for his collections of case histories offbeat neurological studies which he has published under the engaging titles The Man Who Mistook his Wife For a Hat; and An Anthropologist on Mars in which he describes patients struggling to live with conditions ranging from Tourette’s Syndrome to autism, parkinsonism, musical hallucination, phantom limb syndrome, and epilepsy and retardation. He has investigated the world of Deaf people and sign language in Seeing Voices; and a rare community of colorblind people in The Island of the Colorblind. The New York Times has referred to Dr. Sacks as “The Poet Laureate of Medicine,” and he received the Lewis Thomas Prize b Rockefeller University.

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Buzz Aldrin Interview

June 29th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes

 

magnificent-desolation“And as the astronauts later sat in the “Eagle”, waiting to begin their journey back home, knowing that they were doomed unless every system and part on board worked flawlessly, it was Aldrin who responded to mission control’s clearance to take off with the quip, “Roger.  Understand.  We’re number one on the runway.”  This passage from Buzz Aldrin’s memoir, “Magnificent Desolation, “ is part of the humor that came out when I interviewed him for my Radio Show at Barnes & Noble Super Store in New York City recently.  Hear the rest of the interview and be charmed by the second man ever to walk on the surface of the moon.

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Steven Pinker Interview

January 18th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes

the-stuff-of-thought Steven Pinker is one of the world’s greatest cognitive scientists and thinkers straight from Harvard and MIT. Pinker graced the cover of the New York Times Magazine recently talking about his own genome which he had allowed to be decoded. Pinker is not only bright and nice, he is genuinely bold intellectually and he is really interesting. Hear us banter.

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Richard Reeves Interview

January 20th, 2008 by Lewis Frumkes

 

a-force-of-natureRichard who at one time was chief foreign correspondent for The New York Times as written a superb biography of Rutherford one of the lesser known but truly great geniuses of modern history. Rutherford is responsible for the physical representation of the atom the way we all know it. Reeves is a spectacular writer.

 

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