The Cosmic Shed

Door 21 - The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar

December 20, 2018

It's time to open Door number 21 of The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar. Behind the door today are two award winning science authors discussing films, books and scientists and more in this, the twenty first episode of The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar.

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We'll reveal the identities of today's guests lower down the page but will post this picture here to force them further down the page to avoid spoilers if you'd like to keep it a surprise until you open the door.

Paul Dirac was born and lived about 100 yards from The Cosmic Shed.

Behind Door Number 21 of The Cosmic Shed Advent Calendar are Amanda Gefter and Graham FarmeloAmanda Gefter is a science writer specializing in fundamental physics and cosmology and author of Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn.

Graham Farmelo is ascience writer and biographer, specializing in physics and physicists. He is the author of The Strangest Man and Churchill's Bomb.

Way back in 2014, our second episode was about The Imitation Game with our special guest: Benedict Cumberbatch.

show notes

Our very early episode with a considerably different line up of hosts features Benedict Cumberbatch talking to Andrew and can be found here and our episode on The Theory of Everything features Stephen Hawking himself and can be found here.

Graham's biography of Paul Dirac is available here.

Amanda's Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn is here.

Amanda recommends the following books:
Lost in Math by Sabine Hossenfelder
Through Two Doors at Once by Anil Ananthaswamy
Beyond Weird by Philip Ball
Everything by Jana Levin, Stephen Hawking, Carlo Rovelli and Carl Sagan

All previous episodes of The Cosmic Shed can be find by going to