Late, late, late I am in getting this out to you, but I’m doing another webcast/podcast for Virtually Speaking Science today.
I’ll be talking to my MIT colleague, David Kaiser, who is a physicist and a historian of science in our Science Technology and Society program. He’s also an excellent popular science writer, and we’ll use the hour today (and whenever you might choose to listen) to talk Higgs, Bicep2 and gravitational waves (did the very early universe inflate? Are there butt-loads of universes? How freaking hard is it to make cosmological measurements?*). And we’ll talk about his wonderful book How the Hippies Saved Physics — about the Fundamental Fysics group at Berkeley and their engagement with quantum entanglement, Bell’s theorem, spooky action at a distance and the discovery that yup, the universe does behave that strangely…which is why we are now, almost 50 years later, thinking seriously about quantum computing, encryption and the like: actual this-world technologies that exploit properties that Albert Einstein thought no properly behaved universe should exhibit.
David’s a great explainer — so the opaque shorthand above will become much clearer very soon. We go on the air at 6 ET — half an hour from now. Listen here live or later (also on iTunes — search for Virtually Speaking Science and or Levenson and Kaiser) — or join us as part of the virtual studio audience in Second Life, hosted by my favorite (as in, my childhood) science center, San Franciso’s Exploratorium.
*Spoiler: Very, very hard.
Image: Joseph Wright of Derby, An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump, 1768