When and how did the universe begin? Why is there something
rather than nothing? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
we'll tack the big questions about the universe. From Stephen Hawking's
latest ideas about parallel universes and theories of everything to the
quantum physics of everyday life.
Stephen Hawking is shaking the universe again with
his new book, The Grand Design, which says that you can
explain the existence of everything without requiring God. Steve Paulson
talks with Hawkings co-author, Caltech physicist Leonard Mlodinow
about how they wrote the book and what it really says, and doesnt
say. Also, Charles Yu is the author of a critically acclaimed
new novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe.
Charles Yu is one of the National Book Foundations 5 under
35" award winners. He talks about his book with Anne Strainchamps.
James Kakalios tracked down some astonishing
(but true!) examples in his book, The Amazing Story of Quantum
Mechanics. He told Jim Fleming that without quantum physics, we
wouldnt have ipods or CD players or laptops, and that some of
the early quantum physicists were inspired by science fiction. And now,
a different view of Gods place in the Universe. John Polkinghorne
is a former quantum physicist professor of mathematical physics
at Cambridge University. Hes also an ordained Anglican priest,
Canon Theologian at Liverpool Cathedral in England, and author of many
books on the subject of bridging the gap between science and religion.
He talks with Steve Paulson.
Michio Kaku is the author of many books, most
recently - Physics of the Impossible: a Scientific Exploration
Into the world of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation and Time Travel.
Kaku and Jim Fleming have a grand time exploring levels of impossibility
and why the impossible just takes longer.
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- In Show Open: "Goodnight Stephen Hawking"
by Scott Feichter, on his CD with the same name. (2009 Scott Feichter)
- After Leonard Mlodinow: "Cosmic Ballad, by Jean
Jacques Perrey/Gershon Kingsley. From the album "The In Sound from
the Way Out" (Vanguard #79222) 1966
- Under Charles Yu readings: "Out of Limits"
by The Marketts (Warner Bros, single #539 1963)
- "Space Child" by Spirit, from the album
"Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus" (Epic 1970)
- After Charles Yu: "Planet Claire" by the
B52's, from the album, "The B-52's" (Sire #3355 1979)
- After James Kakalios: "Surf Trek" by The
Rubinoos from the album "Paleophonic" (Pynotic 1970)
- After John Polkinghorne: "Interlude: Siren Music"
by Mason Bates, performed by Chanticleer. On the album "Mason Bates:
Digital Loom" (MSR Classics 2009)
- Close Music: "Blast Off" by Jimmie Haskell
and His Orchestra from the album "Count Down!" (Imperial #12015)
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