THE WONDERS OF PHYSICS
President Obama's surrounded by science advisors. So
you might figure he doesn't need to know much about physics, but you'd
be mistaken. How is a President supposed to assess the risk of a "dirty
bomb," or weigh the pros and cons of various energy sources, from
solar power to nuclear energy. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
we'll get a basic primer in physics.
Physicist Richard Muller has written a book
called "Physics for Future Presidents." He tells Jim Fleming
that the President shouldn't rely on his science advisors to explain
what a dirty bomb is or why clean coal is important. Muller says only
the President understands the broader context within which scientific
policy decision must be made.
Robert Laughlin tells Steve Paulson that physicists
are an eccentric bunch. He should know. Laughlin is a Nobel Prize winning
physicist at Stanford and the author of "A Different Universe"
and"The Crime of Reason, and the Closing of the Scientific Mind."
Also, Steve Paulson introduces us to Mark Oliver Everett, better
known as "E" - lead singer of the Eels, and son of Hugh Everett,
the man who came up with the theory of parallel worlds. Mark never really
knew his father, but served as the narrator for a documentary about
him ("Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives") produced by the BBC
for release in the U.S. by PBS in the WGBH NOVA series. We hear Mark's
music, excerpts from the film, and Mark's reflections on his father's
life and what they share. Mark is also the author of a memoir, "Things
the Grandchildren Should Know".
Rebecca Stott lives in Cambridge, England, and
made it the setting of her novel, "Ghostwalk." The book is
an intellectual thriller set partly in Isaac Newton's time and concerning
his interest in alchemy. Stott reads an excerpt for Anne Strainchamps
and talks with her about aspects of the quantum world and its possible
effects on ours. Also, A. Van Jordan has put together a collection
of poems about physics. "Quantum Lyrics" touches on the lives
of famous physicists like Einstein and Richard Feynman, and uses comic
book heroes like The Green Lantern and The Flash. The poet reads some
of his work, and talks about it with Steve Paulson.
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- Spencer Brewer w/ "Cinematic"
(Willow Rose & Laughing Coyote Productions)
(Technicolor) "Say What?"
- Michael Gandolfi's "The Garden of Cosmic Specualation"
- Music in Everett interview:
"Novocaine for the Soul"
"Your Lucky Day in Hell"
"Souljacker Part 1"
All written by Mark Everett, on "Meet the Eels: Volume 1"
- Also Mark Everett's "Things the Grandchildren
on "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations" CD
- "The Garden of Cosmic Speculation"
#13 - "Fractal Terrace"
- Pharoah Sanders w/ "The Bird Song"
on "Welcome to Love" CD
1990 Timeless Records
week of 01/24/2010 - hour 2
week of 02/15/2009 - hour 1
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