Stephen Hawking, visionary physicist, cosmologist, and inspiration to generations of people the world over, has died at age 76. Hawking developed dozens of theories regarding the cosmos, notably incorporating general relativity and quantum mechanics to understand the development of black holes and dark matter. He sought to explain how our universe was born, how it continues to expand, and what came before it. Most notably, he sought to bring that knowledge forward to everyone, even people with little or no background in physical science. Continue reading
Episode 2: Gravitational Lensing, Mammalian Defecation, and Are Video Games Art?
In Episode 2, we’re talking about two topics at the opposite ends of the spectrum of science: light from a supernova being bent around a galaxy by it’s gravity, and very serious research out of Georgia Tech about the implications of duration, consistency, and length of defecation in mammals.
And finally, we discuss diametrically-opposite comments from two science-fiction authors whose novels have become video games: Dmitry Glukhovsky (Metro series) and Andrezej Sapkowski (Witcher series). Do games enhance the literary integrity of the novels they’re based on? Can video games tell a compelling narrative? In a broader sense, are video games really art? Continue reading