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Big Ideas Science offers lectures on a wide range of scientific disciplines from quantum physics and climate science to neuroscience and mathematical art. The speakers presented here are guaranteed to get anyone interested in science thinking big.

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Big Ideas Science offers lectures on a wide range of scientific disciplines from quantum physics and climate science to neuroscience and mathematical art. The speakers presented here are guaranteed to get anyone interested in science thinking big.
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🇬🇧 English
last modified
2017-11-30 22:55
last episode published
2013-06-01 04:30
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11.06 days
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Number of Episodes
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1.06.2013

Harvey Brown on the Concepts of Time and Motion

Focusing on the work of Galileo, Newton, Descartes and Einstein, Harvey Brown examines the evolution of thinking about the surprisingly difficult concepts of time and motion.
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18.05.2013

Daniel Gottesman on Quantum Computing

Daniel Gottesman of the Perimeter Institute discusses quantum computing and the cryptographic protocols that use quantum physics, and that one day will protect all that which we would want to stay secret.
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4.05.2013

Jeffrey Rosenthal on The Curious World of Probabilities

The author of Struck by Lightning - and the statistician who crunched the numbers to reveal that a statistically improbable number of lottery retailers were winning major prizes in Ontario - Jeffrey Rosenthal guides us through the maze of numbers and p...
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20.04.2013

Janna Levin on her book Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Janna Levin on her book Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, the story of two great mathematicians, Kurt Godel and Alan Turing. They were men who had the capacity to think about the most abstract of mathematical truths but had very limited abilities when ...
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6.04.2013

Nima Arkani-Hamed on the Large Hadron Collider

Nima Arkani-Hamed on the Large Hadron Collider and the Future of Fundamental Physics. Located on the Swiss-French border, the Large Hadron Collider is a circular tunnel 27 km in circumference. It will allow physicists to probe the constituent parts of ...
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23.03.2013

William Rees on Environmental Economics

Ecological footprint is an idea originated by William Rees, an environmental economist from the University of British Columbia. If you need a primer in environmental economics, this lecture is for you.
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9.03.2013

Marc Abrahams, editor of The Annals of Improbably Research

Marc Abrahams, editor of The Annals of Improbably Research and one of the organizers of the annual Ig-Nobel Prize ceremonies at Harvard University, discusses the work of scientists and academics that, "first makes you laugh, and then makes you think".
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23.02.2013

Ken Cramer on Alfred Adler

Ken Cramer - Psychology, University of Windsor -on Alfred Adler: The Most Famous Personality Theorist You Likely Never Heard Of
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9.02.2013

Susannah Varmuza on the evolving field of Epigenetics

University of Toronto Zoology researcher, Susannah Varmuza, discusses the evolving field of Epigenetics and what research into such things as mouse coat colour is telling scientists about the age-old "nature versus nurture" debate.
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26.01.2013

Clare Hasenkampf on Chromosomes Dividing

Clare Hasenkampf of the Biology Department at University of Toronto Scarborough presents her lecture Chromosomes Dividing: How It Is Done and Why It Matters.
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26.01.2013

Clare Hasenkampf profile - plant biology research

Clare Hasenkampf from the Biology Department at University of Toronto Scarborough is profiled. Hasenkampf's plant biology research and her passion for New Orleans cooking are featured.
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12.01.2013

Oliver Sacks on Musicophilia

Neurologist and best-selling author, Oliver Sacks, discusses his book Musicophilia. and the ways our brains interact with and understand music.
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27.12.2012

Jill Tarter on the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence

Dr. Jill Tarter, Director at the Centre for SETI Research, discusses the ongoing Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence and how new tools including the Allen Telescope Array and the Keplar Spacecraft are helping to make the search much more likely t...
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15.12.2012

Rupinder Brar profile - Astronomy and political aspirations

Rupinder Brar (Physics - University of Ontario Institute of Technology) is profiled, focusing on his interest in astronomy, his desire to be an astronaut and his political aspirations.
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15.12.2012

Rupinder Brar on Relativity, Einstein, and How to Stay Young

Rupinder Brar lectures on the topic of Einstein's special relativity theory and it's explanation of time dilation and simultaneity. The lecture is entitled Relativity, Einstein, the Speed of Light and How to Stay Young.
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1.12.2012

Julian Barbour on Does Time Exist?

Julian Barbour, visiting professor at the University of Oxford and the author of The End of Time, addresses the question, Does Time Exist? Barbour explores the history of scientific thought on the concept of time and presents his own interpretations of...
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17.11.2012

Jacalyn Duffin on the History of the Stethoscope

Jacalyn Duffin of the Department of Medicine at Queen's University on History of the Stethoscope and the Meaning of Life.
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17.11.2012

Jacalyn Duffin profile - History of Medicine

Jacalyn Duffin from the Department of Medicine at Queen's University is profiled. She discusses her teaching style and how she ended up researching the history of medicine.
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3.11.2012

Doug Richards profile - Concussion research

Doug Richards from the Physical Education& Health department at University of Toronto St. George is profiled. Richards' concussion research, his passion for photography and cycling are featured.
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3.11.2012

Doug Richards on Stretching: The Truth

Doug Richards from the Physical Education& Health department at University of Toronto St. George on Stretching: The Truth. Richards discusses the science and the fiction of the benefits of stretching prior to exercise.
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27.10.2012

Iain McGilchrist on the divided brain's impact on our world

Dr. Iain McGilchrist is a renowned psychiatrist and author. Drawing from his book, "The Master and his Emissary", McGilchrist explores how the divided brain is shaping modern civilization. His lecture was delivered at McMaster University in Hamilton, ...
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20.10.2012

Don Kurtz on Stellar Seismology

Don Kurtz, of the University of Central Lancashire, discusses asteroseismology in a lecture entitled Songs of the Stars: The Real Music of the Spheres. He explains how sound waves are helping to locate distant Earth-like planets, study solar storms and...
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6.10.2012

Virginia Walker on HIV, Parasites and the Exhausted Immune S

Virginia Walker from the Biology Department at Queen's University presents her competition lecture entitled HIV, Parasites and the Exhausted Immune System.
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6.10.2012

Virginia Walker profile - teaching biology, women's hockey

Virginia Walker discusses her involvement in women's hockey, attending school in Nova Scotia and her love of research.
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6.10.2012

Michael Persinger profile - Neuroscience research

Profile of Dr. Michael Persinger focussing on his research into brain stimulation to recreate drug experiences.
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6.10.2012

Michael Persinger on Psychotropic Drugs

Dr. Michael Persinger, (Laurentian University - Neuroscience) winner of the 2007 Best Lecturer Competition, on Psychotropic Drugs.
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22.09.2012

Leon Kass on Why Not Immortality?

Dr. Leon Kass, Chair of the President's Council on Bioethics, examines the ethical dilemmas surrounding stem cell research. Dr. Kass addresses the philosophical question: Why not immortality?
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8.09.2012

Leroy Hood: From Reactive to Proactive Medicine

Leroy Hood, of the Institute for Systems Biology, on Emerging Technologies and the Transformation from Reactive to Proactive Medicine.
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25.08.2012

Vaclav Smil on Energy Transitions

Vaclav Smil of the Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Manitoba, discusses Energy Transitions in this lecture which was part of the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI)Equinox Summit, hosted by the Perimeter Institute.
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18.08.2012

Jane Goodall on Chimpanzee and Human Emotions

Primatologist Jane Goodall delivers a lecture on the similarities between chimpanzee and human emotions, preserving the environment, and hope.
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4.08.2012

Leonard Susskind on the Black Hole Wars

Stanford University professor of Physics, Leonard Susskind, on ?The Black Hole Wars?, the scientific disagreement between Susskind and Stephen Hawking.
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28.07.2012

Natalia Toro on Fundamental Physics at the LHC

Natalia Toro explains how complex collision data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is being digested and examined and how it may set the course for the science of the future. Her lecture was delivered at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo on Septe...
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21.07.2012

Seth Lloyd on Programming the Universe

Seth Llyod is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His talk, "Programming the Universe", is about the computational power of atoms, electrons, and elementary particles.
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7.07.2012

Christopher diCarlo on The Relations of Natural Systems

University of Ontario Institute of Technology professor Christopher diCarlo (Health Sciences and Criminology) delivers his competition lecture entitled The Relations of Natural Systems.
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23.06.2012

Paul Steinhardt on Impossible Crystals

Physicist Paul Steinhardt discusses the creation of "Impossible crystals": quasi-crystals with five-fold symmetry previously believed impossible.
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2.06.2012

Marc D. Lewis Questions and Answers

Marc D. Lewis answers questions following his lecture based on his book Memoirs of an Addicted Brain.
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26.05.2012

Dr. Marc D. Lewis on Memoirs of an Addicted Brain

Dr. Marc D. Lewis discusses the story and the science behind his book Memoirs of an Addicted Brain. Lewis is a professor at the Behavioral Science Institute, part of Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Lewis's book documents the years he spen...
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19.05.2012

Lisa Harvey-Smith on the SKA mega-telescope

Lisa Harvey-Smith of CSIRO discusses the mega-telescope known as the Square Kilometre Array. CSIRO, the Australian Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation, is part of the continent-spanning next-generation radio telescope project whic...
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5.05.2012

Dr. Norman Doidge on Neuroplasticity

Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and best-selling author, Dr. Norman Doidge, on his book, The Brain that Changes Itself, an examination of the most important breakthrough in neuroscience: the discovery of neuroplasticity. His lecture was delivered at the ...
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28.04.2012

Shawn Lehman - Best Lecturer Finalist - on Primate Infanticide: Adaptation or Social Pathology?

Shawn Lehman from the Anthropology department at the University of Toronto St. George delivers his competition lecture entitled "Primate Infanticide: Adaptation or Social Pathology?"
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14.04.2012

William D. Phillips on the universe

"Time and Einstein in the 21st Century: The Coolest Stuff in the Universe" is the title of this exceptionally entertaining lecture. Phillips, who works with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, demonstrates the cooling potential of liqui...
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7.04.2012

John Polanyi on the world that science has built

Winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, University of Toronto professor John Polanyi delivers his 2002 lecture on the world that science has built.
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24.03.2012

George Dyson on the Origins of the Digital Universe

Science historian and author (Darwin Among the Machines) George Dyson on the Origins of the Digital Universe. The talk focuses on the work done at The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton New Jersey by such renowned scientists as John von Neumann ...
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20.03.2012

Clifford Will on Was Einstein Right? Can Einstein’s Theories Survive Today’s Scientific Scrutiny?

Clifford Will delivers a lecture entitled "Was Einstein Right? Can Einstein?s Theories Survive Today?s Scientific Scrutiny?"
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8.03.2012

Philip Ball on Chemistry and Colour in Art

Philip Ball outlines how developments in chemistry have impacted painters and the art world throughout history.
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3.03.2012

Graham Farmelo on Paul Dirac and Mathematical Beauty

Adjunct Professor of Physics at Northeastern University in Boston, Graham Farmelo, on Paul Dirac and the Religion of Mathematical Beauty. Apart from Einstein, Paul Dirac was probably the greatest theoretical physicist of the 20th century. Dirac, co-inv...
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4.02.2012

Robert J. Sawyer on Humanity 2.0

What will it mean to be human in the future? Uploading consciousness into virtual worlds and prolonging life through biotechnology are already being contemplated. Canada's leading science fiction writer, Robert J. Sawyer, offers his insights in a lect...
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1.02.2012

SF writer Robert J. Sawyer on humans living forever

Following his lecture at the Gardiner Museum, Robert J. Sawyer responded to questions from the audience. This is an excerpt from the Q& A. Sawyer's full lecture, entitled Humanity 2.0, will be broadcast on Big Ideas on February 4, 2012 at 5pm as...
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28.01.2012

Ray Jayawardhana on Alien Planets

Author and astronomer Ray Jayawardhana discusses Alien Planets and his latest book Strange New Worlds. The lecture focuses on techniques for detecting planets orbiting distant stars.
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25.01.2012

Robert J. Sawyer on the issue of life prolongation

Following his lecture at the Gardiner Museum, sci-fi writer Robert J. Sawyer responded to questions from the audience. This is an excerpt from the Q& A. Sawyer's full lecture, entitled Humanity 2.0, will be broadcast on Big Ideas on February 4, ...
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