Better Worlds

A podcast exploring geek culture across mediums.

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19: Everything is Quantum

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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.