In the second of this quantum pair of episodes, we talk about how we’ve seen quantum physics used in fiction. Dustin graciously continues to answer our questions. There’s also a bit of a history lesson on how quantum physics were preceded in science fiction by radium and transistors.
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Follow-up & Mini-topics
- Finland temperature records
- SI vs. Imperial units
- Quantum teleportation
- Qubits and cubits
Main topic: Quantum Physics in Fiction
- Quantum asteroid field (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2)
- Ansible (Ursula K. Le Guin, Ender’s Game/Enderverse, Mass Effect)
- TV Tropes: Quantum mechanics can do anything
- How we feel about scientific accuracy in movies
- Spaceships that are jungles
- Radium in the Barsoom series (A Princess of Mars, et al.)
- Transistors in early Marvel material
- Science communication and how differing definitions of terms can confuse people.
State of the Show
A few notes on audio production, why the last episode was a week late, and why the production timeline will hopefully become tighter over time.
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