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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.

Joe Fisher: "Is certainty finite? If so, then one cannot be finitely uncertain about..." in The Quantum Reality...

Lee Bloomquist: "From the above quote, it looks like Sherlock Holmes may have been an..." in Physics of the Observer -...

Frank DiMeglio: "WE WANT TO BALANCE BEING AND EXPERIENCE. Full inertia is fully invisible..." in Physics of the Observer -...

Eckard Blumschein: "Kuepfmueller's 1924 uncertainty refers to two different values either 1 or..." in The Quantum Reality...

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The Quantum Reality Paradox
How the search for God’s limits led to the discovery of quantum contextuality—a weird phenomenon that could provide the 'magic' needed for super-fast computing.

Quantum Cybernetics
The quest for a meta-theory of quantum control that could one day explain physical systems, certain biological phenomena—and maybe even politics.

Video Article: Solar-System-Sized Experiment to Put Time to the Test
Is quantum theory or relativity right about the nature of time? Bouncing radar beams off the moons of Jupiter just might help sort things out.

Conjuring a Neutron Star from a Nanowire
Using tiny mechanical devices to create accelerations equivalent to 100 million times the Earth’s gravitational field—mimicking the arena of quantum gravity in the lab.

Inferring the Limits on Reality (that Even the Gods Must Obey)
The fuzziness of the quantum realm could arise from mathematical restrictions on what can ever be known.

November 28, 2015

Complete Podcast
The FQXi May 30, 2012 Podcast features:
  • Did the Universe Have a Beginning?
  • Launching the FQXi Essay Contest
  • Quantum Words & Pictures
  • The Secret (Quantum) Science of Scents
  • Ask a Physicist: Strings & Sounds
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Did the Universe Have a Beginning?
Could the multiverse, the cyclic universe, or the "cosmic egg" universe have existed infinitely into the past? If the universe had a beginning, can we detect *where* it occurred? (Extended interview with Alex Vilenkin.)
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Launching the FQXi Essay Contest
Tips for those planning to "Question the Foundations" in the 4th FQXi Essay Contest.
INFO: MP3 file / 3 minutes / 3 MB
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Quantum Words & Pictures
Bob Coecke's quantum art could lead to a unified theory with gravity and to a new understanding of linguistics.
INFO: MP3 file / 8 minutes / 8 MB
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The Secret (Quantum) Science of Scents
Sniffing out a controversial quantum model of smell. Extended interview with Luca Turin discussing his latest human and animal tests and how to engineer fragrance.
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Ask a Physicist: Strings & Sounds
*You* ask string theorist Joe Polchinski why extra dimensions should be interpreted as "real" & Nobel Laureate particle physicist Frank Wilczek about underwater sounds.
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Questioning the origins of The Universe?

The questioning starts as soon as humans use its ability to think. Human intuition driven by experience of nature is conflicted. We experience all living things have a life span, a beginning and end. In spite of short life span, the nature and society as a whole remains unchanged and unaffected by this cycle.

Forces of nature impact non-living things as well– like rivers, stones etc. The life span concept can therefore be extended to all...

Just to let you know a new edition of the podcast is now up: It’s a bit longer than usual because we’ve given some time over to discussing the essay contest launch. Those planning to “question the foundations” can pick up some tips on what the judges do and don’t want to see. (Mainly the latter.)

In this edition, cosmologist Alex Vilenkin asks whether the universe could have existed forever into the past -- without a beginning. In his extended...

This is a discussion of the FQXi Podcast from May 30, 2012

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