To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Cosmologist Janna Levin feels cramped. Thirty billion
light years just isn't enough space for her. In this hour of
To the Best of Our Knowledge, consider the Universe Beyond Einstein.
Janna Levin tackles the shape and size of space. Also, we'll try
to catch a gravity wave, Marvel at the snapshots our robot friends
send home from their interplanetary travels, and meet a man who
took a couple of bright ideas from a satellite and saved sixty-five
thousands lives on earth.
Cosmologist Janna Levin tells Steve Paulson
that the universe may be shaped like a soccer ball, but it must
be finite. On the other hand, there could be many universes. Levin's
book is How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time
in a Finite Space. Also, Marcia Bartusiak tells Anne
Strainchamps about the race to document the existence of gravity
waves - Einstein's last prediction. She says we're on the verge
of a brand new kind of astronomy. Her book is Einstein's Unfinished
Robert Fischell was chief engineer at Johns
Hopkins' Applied Physics Lab. He applied his satellite savvy to
the human body and developed several implantable medical devices
credited with saving tens of thousands of lives on Earth. Fischell
just won a Discover Magazine Innovation Award. He tells Jim Fleming
what made the space program so productive. Also, Michael Benson
is a film-maker who's compiled an extraordinary book of sill photographs.
Beyond: Visions of Interplanetary Probes contains images
Benson collected from the Internet. Lawrence Weschler wrote the
book's Afterward. Both men talk with Anne Strainchamps about how
the images were made and what they mean to Earth-bound viewers.
Science writer James Gleick is the author
of Isaac Newton. His biography of the man who invented
gravity, calculus and celestial mechanics, also reveals that Newton
was the pre-eminent alchemist of his age and an expert Biblical
scholar. Gleick tells Steve Paulson that Newton may have invented
modern science, but he lived in a very medieval world.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 03-11-30-A.
- Marcia Bartusiak,
Einstein's Unfinished Symphony: listening to the sounds of space-time
- Michael Benson, Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary
- Janna Levin, How the Universe Got Its Spots:
diary of a finite time in a finite space (Anchor Books)
- James Gleick, Isaac Newton (Pantheon)
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