omega tau - science & engineering [English only]

[This is the feed of only English episodes.] How do scientists uncover phenomena and explain their connections? How do engineers design machines, methods and infrastructure? At omega tau, experts give detailed answers. Over the last ten years, we have produced 300 episodes in which we dug deeper, until we ran out of questions. Join us on our journey through the world of science and engineering: the closer you look and listen, the more interesting things get.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 2h4m. Bisher sind 109 Folge(n) erschienen. .

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 10 days 3 hours 51 minutes


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