This past week Aspen Institute Radio focused on scientific discovery, including conversations on Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, the God Particle, and the future of scientific literacy.
Aspen Institute Radio, our two-hour radio show, airs every Saturday and Sunday on SiriusXM Insight (channel 121). Each episode dives into the topics that inform the world around us. Here in our weekly Listen Longer posts, we’ll recap each episode and show where you can read, watch, and listen to more. Don’t have SiriusXM? Try it free for a month here.
The Theory of Relativity, 100 Years Later
With November 2015 marking the 100th anniversary of the Theory of Relativity, author, physicist, and Columbia University professor Brian Greene provides an overview of Einstein’s famous discovery. Greene also discusses the modern implications that have stemmed from the Theory, including black holes.
Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson, author of “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” explores how Albert Einstein tapped into his creativity, and what the theoretical physicist can teach us about the creative process.
The God Particle
Brian Greene explains the rarity of finding the “God Particle,” formerly known as the Higgs Particle, comparing it to hearing a “tiny, delicate whisper over the massive thundering din of a NASCAR race” — and why the “God Particle” is relevant to us all.
Scientific Literacy and Our Future
Brian Greene talks Isaac Newton, string theory, and how science helps us understand the world.