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What ho! My name is Tucker Hiatt. I am a physics teacher with 35 years of experience, and I am also the executive director of Wonderfest, the San Francisco Bay Area Beacon of Science. Welcome to Radical Physics. What’s radical — besides our location here in the Gamma Sector of the Milky Way — I’ll

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What ho! My name is Tucker Hiatt. I am a physics teacher with 35 years of experience, and I am also the executive director of Wonderfest, the San Francisco Bay Area Beacon of Science. Welcome to Radical Physics. What’s radical — besides our location here in the Gamma Sector of the Milky Way — I’ll

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RP4 tells us a lot about force, IN GENERAL. Let’s briefly look at a few SPECIFIC forces. Many of these will be considered in detail in later episodes. We are all familiar with the force of gravity. On Earth, gravity gives things weight. It is a force (measured in newtons, as are ALL forces) that

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Einstein was a great hero of mine and he’s played an important role in my life. In many ways I try to write, to model my scientific expositions and style on the early Einstein. For several years I owned and lived in Einstein’s house in Princeton. I was kind of his – in that sense

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Back in the second Radical Physics taproot episode, RP2, we learned that speed equals distance divided by time. Wasn’t THAT our first law of physics? No. That was just the DEFINITION of speed; and definitions are not laws. THAT formula just reveals what we MEAN by the word “speed” and by the symbol “v.” That’s

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As a scientist I love questions the more the better when [I] play a question game with my kids Extra Points are awarded if the questions are tricky and a special bonus is given if the questions are about something entirely familiar but with very deep consequences In fact I almost always lose the competition

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If you’re interested in learning about particle physics, one of the key topics you need to understand are the forces that come into play. For instance, we know of four fundamental forces, gravity, electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force. Of these four, we have at least a little familiarity with gravity

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We live in difficult and challenging economic times, of course. And one of the first victims of difficult economic times, I think, is public spending of any kind, but certainly in the firing line at the moment is public spending for science, and particularly curiosity-led science and exploration. So I want to try and convince

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So spooky action at a distance was Einstein’s kind of appellation for the idea of nonlocality. Non-locality is the technical term for it. So the example I often give is two coins. So you can treat some of these particles as having two possible outcomes of a measurement. And you can think about it as

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Matt Harden: Hey Bill, can you prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the earth is a sphere and not flat? I have a lot of Facebook friends who say that it’s an act. Thank you. Bill Nye: Is the earth flat or round? It’s round. Now, let’s see, how do we go about proving that?

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