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Episode 196.5

Wah Wonders Why - In a dark, dark wood

( Week 1 of Mar 2023 )

Greg and Dan talk to Professor Peter Quinn about dark matter. From MACHOS, to WIMPS, to WISPS and even MOND (Modified Newtonian Dynamics).

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Micheal Barnes

Ranking Officer 11 months ago

In my best Leonard Nimoy/Spock raised eyebrow "fascinating' enjoyed this dark matter round up and would love to hear Professor Quinn's take on dark energy. Though after reading Dr Sabine Hossenfelder's 'Lost in Math: How beauty leads physics astray' I get nervous whenever a scientist talks about beauty in their equations.

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    Greg Wah

    Co-Captain 11 months ago

    Matt O'Dowd from PBS Space Time did a great video all about the potential and pitfalls of using 'beauty' as a benchmark in physics. https://youtu.be/xFKgIOX8IRE. We'll definitely bring it up with Prof Quinn in the next video.

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    Steve Stewart

    Ranking Officer 11 months ago

    I loved this episode, though I'm not going to lie the squirrel analogies were more a hindrance than anything

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    Steve Stewart

    Ranking Officer 11 months ago

    Also the XKCD reference reminds me to highly recommend a listen to the infinite monkey cage episode with Randall munroe https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0f1wc06

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