Quanta Science Podcast

Listen to Quanta Magazine's in-depth news stories about developments in mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science and the basic life sciences. Quanta, an editorially independent magazine published by the Simons Foundation, seeks to enhance public understanding of basic research. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org.


Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 19m. Bisher sind 180 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 2 days 11 hours 37 minutes


Math Quartet Joins Forces on Unified Theory

A new breakthrough that bridges number theory and geometry is just the latest triumph for a close-knit group of mathematicians.


 2015-12-08  30m

The Incredible Shrinking Sex Chromosome

Nature offers a panoply of ways to determine an organism’s sex. How can such a fundamental property be so variable?


 2015-12-01  30m

Nature’s Critical Warning System

Scientists are homing in on a warning signal that arises in complex systems like ecological food webs, the brain and the Earth’s climate. Could it help prevent future catastrophes?


 2015-11-18  33m

How Humans Evolved Supersize Brains

Scientists have begun to identify the symphony of biological triggers that powered the extraordinary expansion of the human brain.


 2015-11-10  36m

Mongrel Microbe Tests Story of Complex Life

A newly discovered class of microbe could help to resolve one of the biggest and most controversial mysteries in evolution — how simple microbes transformed into the complex cells that produced animals, plants and fungi.


 2015-10-29  30m

Theorists Draw Closer to Perfect Coloring

A theorem for coloring a large class of “perfect” mathematical networks could ease the way for a long-sought general coloring proof.


 2015-10-20  19m

A Twisted Path to Equation-Free Prediction

Complex natural systems defy standard mathematical analysis, so one ecologist is throwing out the equations.


 2015-10-13  31m

The Mutant Genes Behind the Black Death

Only a few genetic changes were enough to turn an ordinary stomach bug into the bacteria responsible for the plague.


 2015-10-06  26m

A New Map Traces the Limits of Computation

A major advance in computational complexity reveals deep connections between the classes of problems that computers can — and can’t — possibly do.


 2015-09-29  27m

Visions of Future Physics

Nima Arkani-Hamed is championing a campaign to build the world’s largest particle collider, even as he pursues a new vision of the laws of nature.


 2015-09-22  33m