Today on Focus we're joined by eminent physicist Lisa Randall to discuss her new book Knocking on Heaven's Door. Randall offers a rousing defense of the role of science in our lives—and backs it up with her cool knowledge of particle physics, cosmology, and the engineering behind the Large Hadron Collider.
In the 1970s, severe cutbacks in physics funding drove a group of eccentric scientists to take a different approach on their field, studying quantum entanglement alongside mind reading and Eastern mysticism. Today on Focus, our guest David Kaiser will explain how their work helped pave the way for numerous other breakthroughs in quantum mechanics.
The fact that the earth revolves around the sun may seem like common sense to us, but in the early sixteenth century, it was nothing short of ridiculous. Today's guest on Focus, writer Dava Sobel, explores the publication of Copernicus' heliocentric theory and the revolution of truly astronomical size that it would launch.
He earned his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. He worked for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He co-founded the Planetary Society with Carl Sagan and Bruce Murray. Today, he joins Focus 580 to discuss the future of the American space program.
To us, it may seem that our conscious minds—the parts that we consider to be us—are the only thing running our brains as we make our way through our days. But what's happening behind the scenes? Today, neuroscientist David Eagleman joins the show to discuss the subconscious brain and just what it's capable of.
Without the sun, there would be no life on Earth. Today on Focus, we're joined by author Bob Berman to talk about his new book The Sun's Heartbeat. He provides a lively biography of our star, from its birth to its spectacular future death, and addresses some of the mysteries regarding the sun and sunlight. We'll tackle all this and more on the show.
With Stephen P. Long, Ph.D., D.Sc. (the Gutgsell University Endowed Professor in Plant Biology and Crop Sciences; and Resident Scientist for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois)
Today on Focus, bestselling author Edward Dolnick joins the show to talk about his new book The Clockwork Universe. The book documents the tale of a group of tormented geniuses who changed the world as we knew it: Isaac Newton and the members of the Royal Society. Dolnick discusses the birth of modern science and more today on Focus.