How do we imagine the impossible? On today’s episode, we talk to physicists and writers (and writer-physicists) about this question. Along the way, we’ll touch on a range of topics, from how to detect gravitational waves to how the hippies saved physics, from the history of science to the metaphors of science, from the birth of the universe to the creation of poetry about the birth of the universe.
Featuring David Kaiser (physicist, MIT), Rae Armantrout (Pulitzer Prize-winning poet), Freeman Dyson (physicist and writer), and Brian Keating (astrophysicist, UC San Diego).
David Kaiser’s How the Hippies Saved Physics
Rae Armantrout’s Partly: New and Selected Poems, 2001-2015
Freeman Dyson’s Birds and Frogs: Selected Papers, 1990-2014
Summary and visualizations of the LIGO detection of gravitational waves
The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination on Facebook and Twitter
“Silmarillion,” “Lunar,” “Interludes,” and “Clockticks,” by Tapeworm Collective
“Hallon,” by Christian Bjoerklund
“A Strange Adventure,” by The Tleilaxu Music Machine
“nostalgia of an ex-gangsta-rapper,” by deef
“Industrial Swamp Singularity,” by Zreen Toys
“Serpico Goes to Shanghai (1970s version tension),” by Keshco
“Slow Lights,” by Lee Rosevere
“Night Lights,” by Ketsa
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