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What can science learn from poetry? Can you teach someone to become a scientist? And what’s the biggest source of hype in science right now?

In 2022, I had the pleasure of discussing these topics with the amazing Jim Al-Khalili. Jim is a theoretical physicist at the University of Surrey, where he holds a Distinguished Chair in physics as well as a university chair in the public engagement in science. He received his Ph.D. in nuclear reaction theory in 1989 and has published widely in the field. His current interest is in open quantum systems and the application of quantum mechanics in biology.

Tune in to discover the joy of science with us! 

Key Takeaways:

00:00:00 Introduction

00:01:18 Judging a book by its cover

00:03:28 What can science learn from poetry? 

00:07:17 What does the phrase “follow the science” mean to you? 

00:10:10 What do you think about Karl Popper's philosophy and the falsification rule? 

00:17:58 How can you teach someone to be a scientist? 

00:25:17 On science communication and popularization 

00:29:07 What is the biggest source of hype in science now? 

00:30:57 The self-correcting essence of science 

00:35:10 What have you changed your mind about?

00:37:27 What's the most exciting area of physics?

00:39:47 How do you explain the difference between electricity and electromagnetism?

00:41:49 Outro

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