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Uncertainty Principle Podcast – Episode 5: Eulogy for Emmy

Portrait of Emmy Noether before 1910. Publisher: Mathematical Association of America, Brooklyn Museum , Agnes Scott College

I didn’t mean for a big gap from episode 4 (“Dangerous Beauty”), but COVID-19 and the reality of digital teaching intervened. A lot has happened since that episode. Here, in the conclusion of this two-part series on symmetry, I reflect on the realities we face in going back to school, in-person, in the middle of an exploding pandemic. I look at what happens when inadequate medical support meets human mortality, and the loss of genius that happens in the resulting mess. Let’s explore these themes through a particularly brilliant lens: Amalie Emmy Noether.

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Uncertainty Principle Podcast – Episode 4: Dangerous Beauty

We humans cherish beauty, even in our mathematics. Beauty – or “symmetry” – is taken as a sign of success and simplicity in a mathematical model or physical theory. But what if that beauty was a threat to a complete understanding of nature? In this, the first part of a two-part series on symmetry and physical theory, we look at quantum field theory and symmetry.

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Uncertainty Principle Podcast – Episode 3: An Enjoyable Time Was Had By All

Paul Adrian Maurice (P.A.M.) Dirac, or just Paul Dirac, is one of the most brilliant physicists who has ever lived. He is also one of the most curious human beings ever to be a physicist, and that’s saying a lot in a field where curious personalities litter history.  This week, we take a look at two perspectives on Dirac: one from the introduction to the biography, “The Strangest Man,” and the other by a sports columnist who wrote about Dirac in the 1920s.

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Uncertainty Principle Podcast – Episode 2: The Uncertain Road

Are people born to a profession, or do they stumble into it? Is personal talent the most important thing, or a mentor entering the picture at a key moment? Let’s explore this question anecdotally in this episode, drawing on the memoir of SMU alumnus and astrophysicist Donald D. Clayton.

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Uncertainty Principle Podcast – Episode 1: Isaac Newton’s Pajamas

A podcast for those times of uncertainty in physics

Episode 1: Isaac Newton’s Pajamas

To help us feel a bit more connected during these weird and uncertain times, enjoy the first in a short series of podcasts that ties the quirky things in life to physics. 

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