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The Joy of Why

The mathematician and author Steven Strogatz interviews leading researchers about the great scientific and mathematical questions of our time.

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The mathematician and author Steven Strogatz interviews leading researchers about the great scientific and mathematical questions of our time.

Why and How Do We Dream?

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Dreams are subjective, but there are ways to peer into the minds of people while they are dreaming. Steven Strogatz speaks with sleep researcher Antonio Zadra about how new experimental methods have changed our understanding of dreams.

The post Why and How Do We Dream? first appeared on Quanta Magazine

Aug 24 2022

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What Is Quantum Field Theory and Why Is It Incomplete?

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Quantum field theory may be the most successful scientific theory of all time, but there’s reason to think it’s missing something. Steven Strogatz speaks with theoretical physicist David Tong about this enigmatic theory.

The post What Is Quantum Field Theory and Why Is It Incomplete? first appeared on Quanta Magazine

Aug 10 2022

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Why Do We Get Old, and Can Aging Be Reversed?

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Everybody gets older, but not everyone ages in the same way. In this episode, Steven Strogatz speaks with Judith Campisi and Dena Dubal, two biomedical researchers who study the aging process.

The post Why Do We Get Old, and Can Aging Be Reversed? first appeared on Quanta Magazine

Jul 27 2022

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How Do Mathematicians Know Their Proofs Are Correct?

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What makes a proof stronger than a guess? What does evidence look like in the realm of mathematical abstraction? Hear the mathematician Melanie Matchett Wood explain how probability helps to guide number theorists toward certainty.

The post How Do Mathematicians Know Their Proofs Are Correct? first appeared on Quanta Magazine

Jul 13 2022

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Can Computers Be Mathematicians?

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Artificial intelligence has bested humans at problem-solving challenges like chess and Go. Is mathematics research next? Steven Strogatz speaks with mathematician Kevin Buzzard to learn about the effort to translate math into language that computers understand.

The post Can Computers Be Mathematicians? first appeared on Quanta Magazine

Jun 29 2022

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What Is Life?

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Without a good definition of life, how do we look for it on alien planets? Steven Strogatz speaks with Robert Hazen, a mineralogist and astrobiologist, and Sheref Mansy, a chemist, to learn more.

The post What Is Life? first appeared on Quanta Magazine

Jun 15 2022

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How Could Life Evolve From Cyanide?

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How did life arise on Earth? Steven Strogatz speaks with the Nobel Prize-winning biologist Jack Szostak and Betül Kaçar, a paleogeneticist and astrobiologist, to explore our best understanding of how we all got here.

The post How Could Life Evolve From Cyanide? first appeared on Quanta Magazine

Jun 01 2022

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Will the James Webb Space Telescope Reveal Another Earth?

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The space telescope is one of the most ambitious scientific projects ever undertaken. Marcia Rieke and Nikole Lewis, two of the scientists leading JWST investigations, talk to Steven Strogatz about how it may transform our understanding of the universe.

The post Will the James Webb Space Telescope Reveal Another Earth? first appeared on Quanta Magazine

May 18 2022

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Where Do Space, Time and Gravity Come From?

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Einstein’s description of curved space-time doesn’t easily mesh with a universe made up of quantum wavefunctions. Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll discusses the quest for quantum gravity with host Steven Strogatz.

The post Where Do Space, Time and Gravity Come From? first appeared on Quanta Magazine

May 04 2022

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Why Is Inflammation a Dangerous Necessity?

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The immune system protects us from a full spectrum of pathogens, but without balance, it can end up hurting us over time, too. The immunologist Shruti Naik explains how our defenses can turn on us.

The post Why Is Inflammation a Dangerous Necessity? first appeared on Quanta Magazine

Apr 20 2022

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Untangling Why Knots Are Important

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Steven Strogatz explores the mysteries of knots with the mathematicians Colin Adams and Lisa Piccirillo.

The post Untangling Why Knots Are Important first appeared on Quanta Magazine

Apr 06 2022

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Why Do We Die Without Sleep?

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The reasons why sleep is so vital often hide in unexpected parts of the body, as host Steven Strogatz discovers in conversations with researchers Dragana Rogulja and Alex Keene.

The post Why Do We Die Without Sleep? first appeared on Quanta Magazine

Mar 23 2022

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Trailer: The Joy of Why

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The noted mathematician and author Steven Strogatz explains how the conversations with experts in his new Quanta Magazine podcast address his lifelong fascination with timeless mysteries.

The post Deep Curiosity Inspires The Joy of Why Podcast first appeared on Quanta Magazine

Mar 17 2022

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