The Thought Experiment

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Thought Experiments are described as devices of the imagination used to investigate the nature of things. Everything from the nature of philosophy, mathematics and physics and the construction of ideas applies to Thought Experiments.

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http://lzarra.blogspot.com/
Description
The Thought Experiment is a podcast devoted to theoretical situations of the same name. Once a week, we cover a thought experiment from the fields of mathematics, physics or philosophy.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2014-09-01 03:35
last episode published
2011-08-08 17:51
publication frequency
94.03 days
Contributors
Scott V. Burger author  
Will Backman owner  
Explicit
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Number of Episodes
17
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Categories
Science & Medicine Natural Sciences

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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
8.08.2011

First New Show

The first episode of the new joint podcast, "Questioning the Cosmos" is online. Check it out and stuff!
Scott V. Burger author
31.08.2008

Shedding Light on Dark Matter (supplement)

Shedding Light on Dark Matter PowerpointI've added as supplementary material here, my actual printed powerpoint presentation slides for the 4-part 50-minute lecture. Although the incredible animation effects that went into the Barry Bonds segment aren'...
Scott V. Burger author
29.08.2008

Shedding Light on Dark Matter (part 4)

Shedding Light on Dark Matter (part 4)In the fall I'm giving a lecture series on topics ranging from the history of the universe to time travel. Dark Matter is one of those topics.In this final part of the series, we go over a very brief history of Dar...
Scott V. Burger author
22.08.2008

Shedding Light on Dark Matter (part 3)

Shedding Light on Dark Matter (part 3)In the fall I'm giving a lecture series on topics ranging from the history of the universe to time travel. Dark Matter is one of those topics.In this third of 4 part series, we go over candidates for dark matter pa...
Scott V. Burger author
14.08.2008

Shedding Light on Dark Matter (part 2)

Shedding Light on Dark Matter (part 2)In the fall I'm giving a lecture series on topics ranging from the history of the universe to time travel. Dark Matter is one of those topics.In this second of 4 part series, I do a thought experiment involving Bar...
Scott V. Burger author
9.08.2008

Shedding Light on Dark Matter (part 1)

Shedding Light on Dark Matter (part 1)In the fall I'm giving a lecture series on topics ranging from the history of the universe to time travel. Dark Matter is one of those topics.In this first of 4 part series, I give a brief introduction and go over ...
Scott V. Burger author
3.07.2008

The Strong Nuclear Force (video)

The Strong Nuclear ForceThe Thought Experiment podcast has been kind of stagnant lately. Largely because I've been so busy here on campus with Dark Matter research and so on and hopefully this video, a talk I gave recently on the strong nuclear force t...
Scott V. Burger author
18.04.2008

Quantum Tunneling

Quantum TunnelingTunneling is a very, very mathematical process by which a particle can 'leak' out into its surroundings. This has to do with all sorts of things called wave functions, probability densities, and so on, but the real aspect behind them i...
Scott V. Burger author
14.02.2008

Intro to Quantum Mechanics

Intro to Quantum MechanicsIronically, the delay for this week's quantum mechanics podcast was brought on by quantum mechanics homework. In any case, this week I delve into the beginnings of what quantum mechanics is, opening up the playing field into t...
Scott V. Burger author
16.01.2008

Borel's Infinite Monkeys

Borel's Infinite MonkeysReturning triumphant for a second season of thought experimenting, we continue on our history of thought experiments into the later 1920s with Borel's mathematical analysis of what happens when you get a ton of monkeys in a room...
Scott V. Burger author
21.10.2007

Q&A With Brian Greene

Q&A With Brian GreeneLast week string theorist and physicist at Columbia University, Brian Greene came to my university as a part of a lecture series featuring distinguished lecturers. He did a question and answer session for a small group of us (a...
Scott V. Burger author
13.09.2007

Heisenburg's Uncertainty Principle

Heisenberg's Uncertainty PrincipleWhat can a retired basketball player and a cannon full of paintballs teach us about quantum uncertainty? A lot, actually. Have a listen in on why we can't tell where a proton is at the same time when we know its moment...
Scott V. Burger author
3.09.2007

The Banach-Tarski Paradox

The Banach-Tarski ParadoxA mouthful no doubt! This week we go over just how a mathematical universe differs from a physical one on the basis of the Axiom of Choice. More interestingly, if we exploit this paradox, we can clone anything we want with the ...
Scott V. Burger author
24.07.2007

Kent Hovind's Last Debate

Kent Hovind's Last DebateWell, this week we had originally planned to go overMaxwell's Demon, but a screwup in the recording prompted us to ditch the file. Perhaps it was for the better, given that it is the 1 year anniversary of our debate with famed ...
Scott V. Burger author
14.07.2007

Mach's Machine

Mach's MachineCourtesy ofStanfordErsnt Mach proposed that perpetual motion machines went against common sense. In this solitary episode, I talk about various claims of pseudo-scientific energy companies and talk about why their murky science is, at bes...
Scott V. Burger author
10.07.2007

Can Life be Patented? (Skypecast)

Can Life Be Patented?A deep philosophical question indeed, arisen from the recent episode of Science Friday's discussion on ethics of cloning. Andrew and I are joined by members of the Skype community in the form of a skypecast in which we discuss the ...
Scott V. Burger author
26.06.2007

Paley's Watch (Guest)

Paley's WatchSpecial guest of the Big Bang and Creationism Podcast and colleague of mine, Robert Lippens joins returning co-host Andrew and I on a discussion about Intelligent Design. William Paley engineered his thought experiment about the watch and ...
Scott V. Burger author