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Complete Podcast
The FQXi September 6, 2012 Podcast features:
  • Parallel Worlds, Parallel Beliefs
  • The Ignominious History of the Higgs
  • Discord in Quantum Computing
  • Faster Than Light Cosmology
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Parallel Worlds, Parallel Beliefs
Biographer Peter Byrne questions whether the father of quantum parallel universes, Hugh Everett III, really believed many worlds exist, as his original manuscripts become available online. (Extended interview.)
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The Ignominious History of the Higgs
Gerald Guralnik, co-inventor of the theory behind the Higgs, recalls Heisenberg's mockery of the model & responds to the discovery of the boson. (Extended interview.)
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Discord in Quantum Computing
Physicists find theoretical support for alternative explanation to the power behind quantum computation.
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Faster Than Light Cosmology
Controversial model in which light broke its own speed limit in the early universe gets a boost from quantum gravity, string theory and loop quantum gravity models--and from rainbows.
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