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Podcast Profile: Conversations at the Perimeter

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23 episodes
2022 to present
Average episode: 58 minutes
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Categories: Interview-Style • Physics • Two Hosts

Podcaster's summary: Conversations at the Perimeter will introduce you to brilliant researchers working at the forefront of science, seeking to solve nature’s deepest mysteries – from quantum to cosmos. Learn about their motivations, the challenges they encounter, and the drive that keeps them searching for answers. Join the conversation!

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-14 06:46 UTC. Episodes: 23. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

2024-Feb-01 • 62 minutes
Neil Turok on the simplicity of nature
Neil Turok is a professor at the University of Edinburgh where he holds the Higgs Chair of Theoretical Physics. He acted as the director of Perimeter Institute from 2008 to 2019 and now holds the Carlo Fidani Roger Penrose Distinguished Visiting Rese...
2023-Apr-27 • 89 minutes
Sir Anthony Leggett on science, superfluidity, and serendipity
Sir Anthony Leggett, winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics for his foundational contributions to superfluidity, is a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Reflecting on a lifetime in science, he shares his groundbr...
2023-Mar-30 • 74 minutes
Shep Doeleman on hunting for black holes
Shep Doeleman is a senior research fellow at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian and one of the world’s leading experts on black holes. He heads the globe-spanning Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, which in recent years unv...
2022-Dec-22 • 59 minutes
Shohini Ghose on revolutions – quantum and social
Shohini Ghose is a professor of quantum science at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is also the founder and director of Laurier’s Centre for Women in Science (WinS) and an NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering. In this episode, she takes La...
2022-Dec-15 • 75 minutes
Pedro Vieira on a theory of all quantum field theories
Pedro Vieira is a faculty member at Perimeter Institute, where he holds the Clay Riddell Paul Dirac Chair in Theoretical Physics. In this episode, he tells Lauren and Colin about his work on a kind of uber-theory that encompasses all quantum field th...
2022-Dec-08 • 64 minutes
Ganapathy Baskaran on physics, biology, and global science
Ganapathy Baskaran is an acclaimed physicist known for his foundational contributions to condensed matter physics, strongly correlated quantum materials, and high-temperature superconductivity. He is an Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Mathemat...
2022-Dec-01 • 59 minutes
Nicole Yunger Halpern on quantum steampunk
Nicole Yunger Halpern reenvisions 19th-century thermodynamics for the 21st century, using the mathematical toolkit of quantum information theory. She is a fellow of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS), a theoretical ...
2022-Nov-24 • 70 minutes
Dustin Lang on big data from a big universe
Dustin Lang is a computational scientist at Perimeter Institute who develops techniques for finding needles in the cosmic haystack. He works on several large sky survey projects, tackling the statistical data analysis required to discern meaningful i...
2022-Nov-17 • 62 minutes
Savas Dimopoulos on the universe’s biggest unsolved puzzles
Savas Dimopoulos is an influential particle physicist based at Stanford University, who also holds the Coril Holdings Archimedes Visiting Chair in Theoretical Physics at Perimeter Institute. He worked at CERN during the 1990s, and was featured in Par...
2022-Nov-10 • 47 minutes
Lee Smolin on a lifetime of big questions
Lee Smolin is a founding faculty member at Perimeter Institute and one of the world’s best-known voices in theoretical physics. He is a co-founder of loop quantum gravity, together with Abhay Ashtekar and Carlo Rovelli. Smolin is also the author of n...
2022-Nov-03 • 62 minutes
Jessie Muir on the mystery of dark energy
The universe is expanding faster and faster all the time, and Jessie Muir wants to understand why. Muir is a postdoctoral researcher at Perimeter Institute and a member of the international Dark Energy Survey (DES) collaboration. She co-leads the DES...
2022-Jun-23 • 60 minutes
Raymond Laflamme on the life-changing power of curiosity
Raymond Laflamme was the founding director of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, a position he held for 16 years, and he has been an associate faculty member at Perimeter Institute for more than two decades. He is know...
2022-Jun-16 • 54 minutes
Hilding Neilson on stellar stories
Hilding Neilson is an astrophysicist who works at the intersection of science, astronomy, and Indigenous knowledge. He joins co-hosts Colin and Lauren for a fascinating conversation about the ways humans make sense of the vast night sky, via telescop...
2022-Jun-09 • 50 minutes
Estelle Inack on quantum intelligence
Estelle Inack is a research scientist at Perimeter Institute, working at the intersection of quantum matter and artificial intelligence as a member of the Perimeter Institute Quantum Intelligence Lab (PIQuIL). She is also the co-founder and Chief Tec...
2022-Jun-02 • 50 minutes
François David on mathematical beauty
François David is a mathematical physicist and a passionate educator with an infectious zest for decoding the mysteries of the universe. As a scientist based at the Institut de Physique Théorique (IPhT), he uses mathematical techniques and tools to t...
2022-May-26 • 51 minutes
Meenu Kumari on quantum chaos
A postdoctoral researcher at Perimeter Institute, Meenu Kumari is an explorer at the edge of quantum science. Her research explores open questions at the meeting points of quantum information, quantum foundations, and quantum matter. In this conversa...
2022-May-19 • 50 minutes
Lucien Hardy on quantum gravity and (apparent) paradoxes
Lucien Hardy is a theoretical physicist working at the intersection of the two pillars of modern physics – general relativity and quantum mechanics – in the quest for a single unifying theory: quantum gravity. Hardy joins co-hosts Lauren and Colin fo...
2022-May-12 • 56 minutes
Avery Broderick on a black hole breakthrough from the EHT
On May 12, 2022, the global Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration unveiled the landmark first image of the black hole at the heart of our own Milky Way galaxy, called Sagittarius A* (or Sgr A*). On this special episode of Conversations at the P...
2022-May-05 • 72 minutes
Ghazal Geshnizjani and Niayesh Afshordi: Cosmologically Coupled
They often debate the workings of black holes and the big bang at Perimeter Institute’s blackboards -- and sometimes at the breakfast table too. Ghazal Geshnizjani and Niayesh Afshordi split their time between investigating the mysteries of the cosmo...
2022-Apr-28 • 58 minutes
Carlo Rovelli on physics and philosophy
Theoretical physicist, philosopher, and international bestselling author Carlo Rovelli joins Lauren and Colin for a conversation about the quest for quantum gravity, the importance of unlearning outdated ideas, and a very unique way to get out of a s...
2022-Apr-21 • 57 minutes
Katie Mack on the end of it all – and new beginnings
Katie Mack was recently appointed as Perimeter’s inaugural Hawking Chair in Cosmology and Science Communication. An adept science communicator, she is best known as @Astrokatie to her 400,000+ Twitter followers. She published her first book in 2020, ...
2022-Apr-14 • 46 minutes
Timothy Hsieh on the magic of quantum
Timothy Hsieh is a Perimeter faculty member and a co-leader of the Institute’s Clay Riddell Centre for Quantum Matter. His research explores the intersection of quantum information and condensed matter physics. The Los Angeles native is also a classi...
2022-Apr-04 • 4 minutes
Introducing: Conversations at the Perimeter
Get to know some of the brilliant minds trying to solve nature’s deepest mysteries. Conversations at the Perimeter will introduce you to researchers working at the forefront of science, tackling challenges from dark matter and black holes to quantum ...