February 6, 2015
In this ever-expanding episode, Andrew, Laura and Ben talk about the Oscar-nominated film The Theory of Everything.
We grapple with Stephen Hawking's concepts of time, the universe and everything, and ask whether the film finds a happy balance between relationship drama and science communication.
To help explain some of Hawking's theories, we hear from Achintya Rao and Subodh Patil who work at CERN
, and know much more about theoretical physics than we ever will. They discuss the search for a unifying theory of physics, Hawking Radiation, Imaginary Time, and other mind-bending ideas.
Andrew and Laura talk about wanting more theory and less everything; Ben gets excited about virtual particles, and wonders about the why Emily Watson and Maxine Peake weren't give a bit more to do. We also compare the film to Hawking
, the 2004 BBC dramatisation of Stephen Hawking's early years at Cambridge which features previous Shed interviewee Benedict Cumberbatch.
Stay tuned until the end of the episode for a very special piece of audio, recorded by Achintya in 2010.
Slow Brew Club
The Cosmic Shed is supported by The Lab, who provide us with delicious free coffee for our recording sessions courtesy of their Slow Brew Club subscription service.
Solar system-sized thanks to Marie for the new (and glowingly beautiful) addition to the Shed's interior...
A Brief History of Time
, the 1991 documentary directed by Errol Morris, is very difficult to track down in the UK, but is avaialble on DVD/Blu-ray in the USA. There's a nice, in-depth interview about the film with Errol Morris at The Dissolve
The clip from John Oliver Tonight can be found on YouTube
, courtesy of HBO.