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The FQXi podcast brings you the latest ideas in foundational physics and cosmology—and includes interviews with our members and other leading scientists. It's hosted by Zeeya Merali and Brendan Foster. You can contact us at, and follow us on twitter: @FQXi. The podcast is produced by Zeeya, and music is provided by Baltimore-based Diefenbaker.

Robert McEachern: "Think of a look-up table. Does the "response" (what is looked-up) have to..." in The Reality of the...

Thomas Ray: "No free will or consciousness is required to "respond symbolically"? Then..." in The Reality of the...

Pentcho Valev: "Did Einstein Tell Einsteinians How to Leapfrog into the Future? Brian..." in Time Dilation Gets a...

Zeeya Merali: "Just to let you know that after a couple of special podcast editions from..." in In Praise of Physics...

Pentcho Valev: "Did NASA Accelerate Light? Sean Caroll: "The folks in this particular..." in Real-Time Physics

James Putnam: "Akinbo, I think that I have made it very clear repeatedly what it means to..." in Q&A with David Rideout:...

Akinbo Ojo: "Pentcho, et al I found the translation of "Einstein Relativity Happiest..." in Faster than Light

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The Quantum Thermodynamic Revolution
Combining theories of quantum information with the science of heat and energy transfer could lead to new technologies.

Face Off: Building a Toy Universe to Pit Quantum Theory Against Gravity
Using superconducting circuits to create a curved-spacetime analog with stronger gravity than our cosmos.

Is Gravity Time's Archer?
A new model argues the forces between particles in the early universe loosed time's arrow, creating temporal order from chaos.

Purifying Physics: The Quest to Explain Why the “Quantum” Exists
A new framework for the laws underlying reality could explain why nature obeys quantum rules, the origin of time’s arrow, and the power of quantum computing.

Searching for the Impossible
A quest to discover which computational tasks can never be resolved.

May 30, 2015

Complete Podcast
The FQXi May 25, 2015 Podcast features:
  • In Praise of Physics Poetry
  • Spacetime Squids
  • Searching for the Impossible
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Individual Stories
In Praise of Physics Poetry
Poet and philosopher of mathematics and science Emily Grosholz reads three of her poems: In Praise of Fractals, The Dissolution of the Rainbow & Among Cosmologists.
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Spacetime Squids
Quantum physicist Sorin Paraoanu talks about building an artificial spacetime in the lab from SQUIDs--to test inflation and quantum gravity. In this extended interview he also talks testing the Landau-Zener formula beyond its limits and amplifying the vacuum. Recorded at the quantum foundations meeting in Erice, Italy, sponsored by COST.
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Searching for the Impossible
Complexity theorist Jens Eisert is on a quest to find undecidable problems in quantum physics, as he explains to reporter Sophie Hebden.
INFO: MP3 file / 14 minutes / 13 MB
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Just to let you know that after a couple of special podcast editions from the quantum foundations meeting in Erice, Italy, Brendan and I are back with the regular podcast.

In this month's podcast, we're celebrating poetry about physics and maths. In April, I visited Penn State University, where I met with Emily Grosholz, a poet and philosopher of math and science, who works at the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, which is headed up by FQXi’s Abhay Ashtekar. Grosholz shares...

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