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The Universe Speaks in Numbers

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In The Universe Speaks in Numbers award-winning science writer Graham Farmelo is in conversation with some of the great names in modern physics and mathematics. Among the interviewees are Michael Atiyah, Ruth Britto, Lance Dixon, Simon Donaldson, Freeman Dyson, Juan Maldacena, Michela Massimi, Roger Penrose, Martin Rees, Simon Schaffer and Edward Witten. 


To read more see Graham's book The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Maths Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets.

Latest Episodes

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Douglas Stanford and Pedro Vieira interviewed by Graham Farmelo

Douglas Stanford and Pedro Vieira are two of the most brilliant young theoretical physicists who are seeking to understand nature at its finest level. In these two interviews, Stanford and Vieira talk about their work and explain why they are content to spend their times developing fundamental theories of nature, with little or no surprising new inputs from new observations and experiments. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

32 MIN1 w ago
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Douglas Stanford and Pedro Vieira interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Luis Álvarez-Gaumé interviewed by Graham Farmelo

Fundamental physics and pure mathematics have never been so closely intertwined. Over the past few decades, some of the world’s leading theoretical physicists and mathematicians explored these connections at the Simons Center at Stony Brook University. In this podcast, the director of the Simons Center, the Spanish string theorist Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, talks about how best to exploit the miraculously close mathematics-physics relationship and hopes for the future. This is one of a series of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

21 MIN3 w ago
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Luis Álvarez-Gaumé interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Lenny Susskind interviewed by Graham Farmelo

'Black holes have become one of the liveliest areas of theoretical research. By thinking about these cosmic objects, using quantum theory and relativity, theorists are clarifying our understanding of information, gravity and the other fundamental forces of nature. Stanford University’s Lenny Susskind is one of the leaders in this field. In this lively interview, he describes how he made the transition from plumbing to particle physics, and why theoretical physics is now so exciting. This is one of a series of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

21 MIN3 w ago
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Lenny Susskind interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Ruth Britto interviewed by Graham Farmelo

One of the hottest topics in modern physics is trying to understand the scattering of fundamental particles with neither shape nor size - one step up from nothingness. Amazingly, attempts to understand these simple processes theoretically require state-of-the-art mathematics. Theorist Ruth Britto, at Trinity College Dublin, is one of the leaders of this branch of physics. In this edition, she describes how she became interested in this subject and why she finds it so fascinating. This is one of a series of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

14 MINSEP 19
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Ruth Britto interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Michael Duff interviewed by Graham Farmelo

Soon after the Second String Theory Revolution, which began in 1995, membranes became widely acknowledged to be a crucial part of our understanding of the inner workings of Nature. This is one of a number of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

20 MINSEP 2
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Michael Duff interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Lance Dixon interviewed by Graham Farmelo

‘The most perfect microscopic structures in the known universe’ – that is the exquisite description of sub-nuclear scattering amplitudes given by theorist Lance Dixon, based at the Stanford Linear Accelerator in California. Having made his name as a string theorist in the 1980s, Dixon became one of the leading pioneers in the field of scattering-amplitudes, developing a host of ingenious ideas and techniques. In this thoughtful interview, he describes why he switched his research focus, the fascination and importance of the amplitudes, and the prospects for the subject’s future. This is one of a number of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

18 MINSEP 2
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Lance Dixon interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Robbert Dijkgraaf interviewed by Graham Farmelo

In this bracing interview with Graham, Dijkgraaf lucidly describes the state of modern fundamental physics and the continually surprising – and extraordinarily productive – symbiosis between this science and modern mathematics. As Graham says: ‘Robbert gives us a real tour de force.’ This is one of a number of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

21 MINSEP 2
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Robbert Dijkgraaf interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Greg Moore interviewed by Graham Farmelo

Physics and mathematics seem to be in ‘pre-established harmony’, a phrase that has long been popular with physicists and mathematicians working at the subjects’ interface. Greg Moore, based at Rutgers University, has discovered many surprising new relationships between quantum field theories and the string framework and concepts in contemporary mathematics. In this interview, he eloquently describes examples of this and explains why he is promoting the notion of ‘physical mathematics’, a discipline that he believes is now well established, with a bright future. This is one of a number of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

18 MINSEP 2
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Greg Moore interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Freeman Dyson interviewed by Graham Farmelo

Freeman Dyson talks about his being both a theoretical physicist and a mathematician, the troubled relationship between mathematics and physics in his youth, the impressive physicist he knew (no, it’s not Feynman) and string theory. This interview was recorded last summer at the IAS, Princeton, in Freeman’s office – and he’s as lively, counter-orthodox and fearless as ever. This is one of a number of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

15 MINSEP 2
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Freeman Dyson interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Michela Massimi interviewed by Graham Farmelo

What do philosophers of physics do, and what light might they shed on the work of today’s physicists and astronomers? Michela Massimi, a distinguished philosopher of science at the University of Edinburgh, discusses these and other matters with Graham in this lively interview, recorded in Michela’s office. She has a bracingly optimistic vision for her subject in the coming decades, as Graham heard. This is one of a number of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

22 MINSEP 2
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Michela Massimi interviewed by Graham Farmelo

Latest Episodes

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Douglas Stanford and Pedro Vieira interviewed by Graham Farmelo

Douglas Stanford and Pedro Vieira are two of the most brilliant young theoretical physicists who are seeking to understand nature at its finest level. In these two interviews, Stanford and Vieira talk about their work and explain why they are content to spend their times developing fundamental theories of nature, with little or no surprising new inputs from new observations and experiments. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

32 MIN1 w ago
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Douglas Stanford and Pedro Vieira interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Luis Álvarez-Gaumé interviewed by Graham Farmelo

Fundamental physics and pure mathematics have never been so closely intertwined. Over the past few decades, some of the world’s leading theoretical physicists and mathematicians explored these connections at the Simons Center at Stony Brook University. In this podcast, the director of the Simons Center, the Spanish string theorist Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, talks about how best to exploit the miraculously close mathematics-physics relationship and hopes for the future. This is one of a series of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

21 MIN3 w ago
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Luis Álvarez-Gaumé interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Lenny Susskind interviewed by Graham Farmelo

'Black holes have become one of the liveliest areas of theoretical research. By thinking about these cosmic objects, using quantum theory and relativity, theorists are clarifying our understanding of information, gravity and the other fundamental forces of nature. Stanford University’s Lenny Susskind is one of the leaders in this field. In this lively interview, he describes how he made the transition from plumbing to particle physics, and why theoretical physics is now so exciting. This is one of a series of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

21 MIN3 w ago
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Lenny Susskind interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Ruth Britto interviewed by Graham Farmelo

One of the hottest topics in modern physics is trying to understand the scattering of fundamental particles with neither shape nor size - one step up from nothingness. Amazingly, attempts to understand these simple processes theoretically require state-of-the-art mathematics. Theorist Ruth Britto, at Trinity College Dublin, is one of the leaders of this branch of physics. In this edition, she describes how she became interested in this subject and why she finds it so fascinating. This is one of a series of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

14 MINSEP 19
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Ruth Britto interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Michael Duff interviewed by Graham Farmelo

Soon after the Second String Theory Revolution, which began in 1995, membranes became widely acknowledged to be a crucial part of our understanding of the inner workings of Nature. This is one of a number of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

20 MINSEP 2
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Michael Duff interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Lance Dixon interviewed by Graham Farmelo

‘The most perfect microscopic structures in the known universe’ – that is the exquisite description of sub-nuclear scattering amplitudes given by theorist Lance Dixon, based at the Stanford Linear Accelerator in California. Having made his name as a string theorist in the 1980s, Dixon became one of the leading pioneers in the field of scattering-amplitudes, developing a host of ingenious ideas and techniques. In this thoughtful interview, he describes why he switched his research focus, the fascination and importance of the amplitudes, and the prospects for the subject’s future. This is one of a number of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

18 MINSEP 2
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Lance Dixon interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Robbert Dijkgraaf interviewed by Graham Farmelo

In this bracing interview with Graham, Dijkgraaf lucidly describes the state of modern fundamental physics and the continually surprising – and extraordinarily productive – symbiosis between this science and modern mathematics. As Graham says: ‘Robbert gives us a real tour de force.’ This is one of a number of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

21 MINSEP 2
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Robbert Dijkgraaf interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Greg Moore interviewed by Graham Farmelo

Physics and mathematics seem to be in ‘pre-established harmony’, a phrase that has long been popular with physicists and mathematicians working at the subjects’ interface. Greg Moore, based at Rutgers University, has discovered many surprising new relationships between quantum field theories and the string framework and concepts in contemporary mathematics. In this interview, he eloquently describes examples of this and explains why he is promoting the notion of ‘physical mathematics’, a discipline that he believes is now well established, with a bright future. This is one of a number of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

18 MINSEP 2
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Greg Moore interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Freeman Dyson interviewed by Graham Farmelo

Freeman Dyson talks about his being both a theoretical physicist and a mathematician, the troubled relationship between mathematics and physics in his youth, the impressive physicist he knew (no, it’s not Feynman) and string theory. This interview was recorded last summer at the IAS, Princeton, in Freeman’s office – and he’s as lively, counter-orthodox and fearless as ever. This is one of a number of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

15 MINSEP 2
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Freeman Dyson interviewed by Graham Farmelo

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Michela Massimi interviewed by Graham Farmelo

What do philosophers of physics do, and what light might they shed on the work of today’s physicists and astronomers? Michela Massimi, a distinguished philosopher of science at the University of Edinburgh, discusses these and other matters with Graham in this lively interview, recorded in Michela’s office. She has a bracingly optimistic vision for her subject in the coming decades, as Graham heard. This is one of a number of interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

22 MINSEP 2
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The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Michela Massimi interviewed by Graham Farmelo