ABOUT THE FQXi PODCAST

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 podcast@fqxi.org, and follow us on twitter: @FQXi. The podcast is produced by Zeeya, and music is provided by Baltimore-based Diefenbaker.

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**Quantifying Occam**

Is the simplest answer always the best? Connecting Medieval monks to computational complexity, using the branch of mathematics known as category theory.

**Heart of Darkness**

An intrepid physicist attempts to climb into the core of black hole.

**Why Quantum?**

Entropy could explain why nature chose to play by quantum rules.

**Reality's NeverEnding Story**

A quantum version of Darwinian natural selection could enable the universe to write itself into being.

**The Quantum Dictionary**

Mark Van Raamsdonk is re-writing how we define the shape of our universe. Can such translations help to unite quantum theory and gravity?

RECENT ARTICLES

Is the simplest answer always the best? Connecting Medieval monks to computational complexity, using the branch of mathematics known as category theory.

An intrepid physicist attempts to climb into the core of black hole.

Entropy could explain why nature chose to play by quantum rules.

A quantum version of Darwinian natural selection could enable the universe to write itself into being.

Mark Van Raamsdonk is re-writing how we define the shape of our universe. Can such translations help to unite quantum theory and gravity?

Complete Podcast

The FQXi **December 29, 2013** Podcast features:

- The Year in Physics: 2013 Review Part II
- Taking the LHC to Africa

INFO: **MP3 file / 35 minutes / 34 MB**

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Individual Stories

The Year in Physics: 2013 Review Part II

Quantum physicist Ian Durham discusses the advances that take the 4th and 3rd places in his countdown. Plus, other physics news items that did not make the list.

INFO: **MP3 file / 20 minutes / 19 MB**

LISTEN:

RELATED LINKS:

*Nature News:*First proof that infinitely many prime numbers come in pairs*Wired:*Sudden Progress on Prime Number Problem Has Mathematicians Buzzing*io9:*First Image Ever of a Hydrogen Atom Orbital Structure*Nature News:*Physicists net fractal butterfly*The Guardian:*Peter Higgs: I would not be productive enough for academic system today

Taking the LHC to Africa

Particle Physicist Tejinder Virdee tells reporter Carinne Piekema about the discovery of the Higgs boson, winning a share of the $3 million Fundamental Physics prize, and his plans to promote physics education in Sub-Saharan Africa.

INFO: **MP3 file / 14 minutes / 13 MB**

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RELATED LINKS:

*nobelprize.org:*Nobel Prize in Physics 2013*BBC:*Prize-winning scientist brings African teachers to Cern

PODCAST ARCHIVE

- Watching Quantum Cats Die
- Black Hole Fireworks
- Quantifying Occam
- Quantum Pigeonhole Principle
- Quantum Cheshire Cat

- Time Travel Simulated in the Lab
- BICEP2 Under Scrutiny
- Higgs the Destroyer
- Why is Nature Quantum?

- BICEP2 & Inflation
- BICEP2 & Alternative models
- Thermal Gravity
- Entangling Spacetime

- A Matter of Consciousness

- Sean Carroll Fluctuates on Floating Consciousnesses

- What is quantum information *really* good for? -- FQXi Conference Panel Discussion

- The Year in Physics: 2013 Review Part III
- Ancient Aliens

- The Year in Physics: 2013 Review Part II
- Taking the LHC to Africa

- The Year in Physics: 2013 Review Part I
- Alien Hunter

- Bye Bye Big Bang?
- Dark Energy Survey Launches
- Voyager 1 Leaves the Solar System
- Quantum Space Tests
- Superposition

- Experimental Proof for Parallel Universes?
- Multiversality -- Full Interview with Frank Wilczek
- Neutrinos Shift Personality
- Certainty About the Uncertainty Principle
- Plants Do Math!

- Cloaking Time
- The Reality of Time
- Bye Bye Black Hole Singularities!
- Entangling the Dead

- Astro Results, Cosmic Conclusions
- Dark Energy Discovery
- DNA Computing

- Averting an Asteroid Apocalypse
- Our Unstable Universe
- Let There Be Light
- Quantum Roots of Photosynthesis

- Is God a Good Theory?
- Quantum Birds
- The Cosmic Clock Ambiguity

- The Year in Physics: 2012 Review
- Time & the String Multiverse
- The Building Blocks of Spacetime

- Testing the Quantum Limits
- Illusions of Time and the Self
- Unraveling Paradoxes

- Uncertainty about Quantum Uncertainty
- The Holographic Universe
- Jiggling Atoms

- Parallel Worlds, Parallel Beliefs
- The Ignominious History of the Higgs
- Discord in Quantum Computing
- Faster Than Light Cosmology

- The Higgs Goes to Ghana
- The Illusion of Time & The Dynamics of Shapes
- Mental Time Travel

- Knots in Space
- Predicting the End of Civilization
- The Quantum Fuel of Time Travel

- 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

- Splitting the Electron
- Neural Relativity
- Table-Top Tests for Quantum Gravity

- Time Twisting Tests
- Not So Fast Neutrinos
- The Sound of Physics