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Steven Strogatz and Quanta Magazine
The Joy of Why
“The Joy of Why” is a Quanta Magazine podcast about curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge. The mathematician and author Steven Strogatz and the cosmologist and author Janna Levin take turns interviewing leading researchers about the great scientific and mathematical questions of our time. New episodes are released every other Wednesday. Quanta Magazine is a Pulitzer Prize–winning, editorially independent online publication launched and supported by the Simons Foundation to illuminate big ideas in science and math through public service journalism. Quanta’s...
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Ratings & Reviews
4.9 stars from 505 ratings
Boredom Antidote
This show is a potent antidote if you’re suffering from the horrors of boredom. I don’t understand most of this, but that’s okay. The bits that I can follow are fascinating.
Fluffster Normalpaws via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/11/24
Deeply informative and engaging
I love this podcast because it is incredibly informative about topics you many not see or hear much about elsewhere. This show has made me become interested in something I was barely aware of previously.
mr foo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/19/23
Amazing food for thought
Delightful themes exposed in a clear but intellectually engaging way
marcopt74 via Apple Podcasts · Portugal · 11/09/23
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Published 02/29/24
Time seems linear to us: We remember the past, experience the present and predict the future, moving consecutively from one moment to the next. But why is it that way, and could time ultimately be a kind of illusion? In this episode, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek speaks with...
Published 02/29/24
We often talk about evolution as the survival of the fittest. But if it is, then where did the widespread (and widely admired) impulse to help others even at great cost to ourselves come from? In this episode, host Janna Levin speaks with Stephanie Preston, a professor of psychology and head of...
Published 02/15/24
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