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Podcast Profile: Oxford Physics Public Lectures

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22 episodes
2012 to 2023
Median: 40 minutes
Collection: Physics, Math, and Astronomy

Description (podcaster-provided):

The Department of Physics public lecture series. An exciting series of lectures about the research at Oxford Physics take place throughout the academic year. Looking at topics diverse as the creation of the universe to the science of climate change.
Features episodes previously published as:
(1) 'Oxford Physics Alumni': "Informal interviews with physics alumni at events, lectures and other alumni related activities."
(2) 'Physics and Philosophy: Arguments, Experiments and a Few Things in Between': "A series which explores some of the links between physics and philosophy, two of the most fundamental ways with which we try to answer our questions about the world around us. A number of the most pertinent topics which bridge the disciplines are discussed - the nature of space and time, the unpredictable results of quantum mechanics and their surprising consequences and perhaps most fundamentally, the nature of the mind and how far science can go towards explaining and understanding it. Featuring interviews with Dr. Christopher Palmer, Prof. Frank Arntzenius, Prof. Vlatko Vedral, Dr. David Wallace and Prof. Roger Penrose."

Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Oxford Physics research • History and impact of the atomic bomb • IceCube Neutrino Observatory • Star and galaxy formation • Quantum mechanics • Chaotic systems and climate change • Physics and philosophy • Higgs boson and LHC

This podcast, titled "Oxford Physics Public Lectures," features a series of lectures and discussions from the Department of Physics at Oxford University, offering listeners insights into a broad array of topics within the realm of physics and its intersection with other disciplines. The content spans both historical and contemporary scientific inquiries, engaging with subjects that range from the fundamental nature of the universe to specific phenomena and theoretical explorations.

Listeners will find episodes delving into the origins and evolution of the universe, such as discussions on the Big Bang and the expansion of the cosmos, as well as specific astrophysical phenomena like the birth of stars and galaxies. The podcast also tackles cutting-edge research and groundbreaking discoveries, including the role of neutrino detectors at the South Pole in identifying cosmic neutrinos and their sources.

Several episodes address the historical developments in physics that have shaped our current understanding. These include examinations of the strategic decisions surrounding the atomic bomb, the development of nuclear physics, and the critical experiments that confirmed Einstein's general theory of relativity. Additionally, the podcast explores advancements in particle physics and searches for dark matter using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

The series also highlights the interplay between physics and philosophy, with thought-provoking examinations of quantum paradoxes, the nature of space and time, and the potential for artificial intelligence. These discussions consider how philosophical perspectives can inform scientific inquiries and vice versa.

Throughout, the lectures feature prominent academics and researchers from Oxford and beyond, sharing their expertise and insights on both theoretical and practical aspects of physics. This podcast is a rich resource for those interested in the diverse and dynamic field of physics.

Was there a strategic alternative to the atomic bombing of 1945?
25 minutes
Oxford Physics and the ‘remote and speculative project’
28 minutes
Nuclear Physics and the development of the bomb
41 minutes
IceCube: Opening a New Window on the Universe from the South Pole
84 minutes
The State of the Universe
74 minutes
Unveiling the Birth of Stars and Galaxies (Slides)

Seeing the High Energy Universe with IceCube
44 minutes
The Einstein Lens and a Tale of Two Eclipses
51 minutes
LHC searches for dark matter
40 minutes
Precision Studies of the Higgs
32 minutes
The Standard Model and the LHC! in the Higgs Boson Era
38 minutes
Turning in the Widening Gyre: Accretion Processes in the Universe
56 minutes
Lorenz Gödel and Penrose: new perspectives on determinism and unpredictability, from fundamental physics to the science of climate change
66 minutes
Building stars, planets and the ingredients for life between the stars
56 minutes
The Fast Track to Finding an Inhabited Exoplanet
63 minutes
Radiation and Reason
57 minutes
Physics and Philosophy: An Introduction
9 minutes
From Argument to Experiment
10 minutes
Space and Time
15 minutes
Quantum Paradoxes
13 minutes
Parallel Worlds
14 minutes
Consciousness and Computability
24 minutes