Big Picture Science – And To Space We Return

June 8, 2015

Big Picture Science – And To Space We Return Earth may be the cradle of life, but our bodies are filled with materials cooked up billions of years ago in the scorching centers of stars. As Carl Sagan said, “We are all stardust.” We came from space, and some say it is to space we […]

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Big Picture Science – And To Space We Return: Cameron Smith / Space Humans

June 7, 2015

Cameron Smith / Space Humansclick to listen (trt 10:17) Part 3 of And To Space We Return, featuring Cameron Smith, archaeologist at Portland State University, discussing how space born descendants of explorers would evolve culturally, if not genetically.

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Big Picture Science – And To Space We Return: Chris Impey / Exploring Space

June 7, 2015

Chris Impey / Exploring Spaceclick to listen (trt 11:42) Part 2 of And To Space We Return, featuring Chris Impey, astronomer at the University of Arizona and author of Beyond: Our Future in Space.

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Big Picture Science – And To Space We Return: Timothy Beers / Star-stuff

June 7, 2015

Timothy Beers / Star-stuffclick to listen (trt 10:59) Part 1 of And To Space We Return, featuring Timothy Beers, astronomer at the University of Notre Dame, describing how exploding stars distributed elements throughout the universe and how a star’s age can be determined by the lack of heavier elements.

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Big Picture Science – Math’s Days are Numbered

May 31, 2015

Big Picture Science – Math’s Days are Numbered Imagine a world without algebra. We can hear the sound of school children applauding. What practical use are parametric equations and polynomials, anyway? Even some scholars argue that algebra is the Latin of today, and should be dropped from the mandatory curriculum. But why stop there? Maybe […]

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Big Picture Science – Math’s Days are Numbered: Edward Frenkel / Cybersecurity Math

May 31, 2015

Edward Frenkel / Cybersecurity Mathclick to listen (trt 10:18) Part 5 of Math’s Days are Numbered, featuring Edward Frenkel, Professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley and author of Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality. His article, “The Perils of Hacking Math,” is found on the online magazine, Slate.

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Big Picture Science – Math’s Days are Numbered: Rob Manning / NASA Math

May 31, 2015

Rob Manning / NASA Math click to listen (trt 2:24) Part 4 of Math’s Days are Numbered, featuring Rob Manning, Flight system chief engineer at the Jet Propulsion Lab, responsible for NASA’s Curiosity rover, explaining why landing rovers on other planets can’t be done without math.

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Big Picture Science – Math’s Days are Numbered: Simon Singh / Simpsons Math

May 31, 2015

Simon Singh / Simpsons Mathclick to listen (trt 7:16) Part 3 of Math’s Days are Numbered, featuring Simon Singh, science writer and author of The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.

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Big Picture Science – Math’s Days are Numbered: Bob Berman / Astronomical Math

May 31, 2015

Bob Berman / Astronomical Math click to listen (trt 9:22) Part 2 of Math’s Days are Numbered, featuring Bob Berman, Astronomy editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the author of The Sun’s Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet, and columnist for Astronomy Magazine. His article, “How Math […]

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Big Picture Science – Math’s Days are Numbered: Andrew Hacker / Math Requirements

May 31, 2015

Andrew Hacker / Math Requirementsclick to listen (trt 8:47) Part 1 of Math’s Days are Numbered, featuring Andrew Hacker, Professor of political science and mathematics at Queens College, City University of New York. His article, “Is Algebra Necessary?”, appeared in The New York Times in 2012.

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