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Stephon Alexander: The Physics of Jazz

Physicist Stephon Alexander narrates how he came to understand the parallels between quantum particle theory and jazz composition.

May 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Logic tells us that antimatter should have annihilated the Universe. So why hasn’t it?

If there’s no more matter than antimatter in existence, then the Universe should have annihilated itself soon after the Big Bang – yet, here we are. This brief animation breaks down this extraordinary, nearly century-long science puzzle, detailing some of the surprising explanations posited by contemporary physicists.

May 24, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Physicist Emmy Noether’s Theory of Symmetry (animation)

. This short animated film by Rosanna Wan explains how the early 20th century German mathematician Emmy Noether dramatically transformed how scientists think about the physical world when she revealed … Continue reading

August 12, 2018 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: The Boat

Give me the humility of the physicist who knows how little we know of anything. Four percent is measurable and we don’t know the meaning of even that. All this … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · 2 Comments

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