Unheard Cuts with Gates, Levenson, and Natarajan

S. James Gates, Jr.S. James Gates, Jr.
Einstein's Impact
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Einstein's method of thinking about general relativity became an inspiration for scientific creativity. Einstein's approach, Gates says, has changed the way scientists arrive at similar theoretical discoveries, and even gave rise to the theory he ultimately rejected: quantum mechanics.
Religion vs. Truth
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Religion and science search for truth from different angles. But Gates sees no contradiction between the findings of religion and science. He says that "the law" can apply to both spiritual questioning and scientific inquiry.
What Is String Theory?
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Being his specialty, Gates gives a brief explanation of "string theory" and how it transcends the standard model of particle theory. Such a view of the universe can be seen as both beautiful and elegant, like music.
The Ear of Einstein
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Gates thinks that Einstein's general theory of relativity would have been discovered, eventually, if Einstein had not lived. Einstein's ear tuned in to this dissonance early on.
Einstein, the Practical Man
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Einstein's name has become synonymous with other worldly. But Gates thinks that's unfair. Einstein was a practical man, who simply was attuned to the workings and laws of the universe.
Thomas LevensonThomas Levenson
Einstein's Public and Personal Life
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Levenson talks about Einstein as a human being, his good and bad characteristics, his friends and family, and relations inbetween.
Parallels
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Are there parallels between Einstein's view of the world, ethics and the way he pursued science? Absolutely, however Levenson tells us that is not unique only to Einstein, but to other scientists as well.
Judaism
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Levenson talks about engagement in Judaism and how he connected with it through out his years of discoveries and historical events.


Priya Natarajan


First Encounter with Einstein
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Growing up in India, Natarajan was aware of Einstein's persona from an early age. She discusses the role general relativity played in her career path and describes the beauty and elegance she sees in mathematics.
Einstein's Impact on Cosmology
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As an astrophysicist, Natarajan's theoretical work is predicated on Einstein's scientific insights. Here, she explains the history of scientific thought about gravity and it's ability to bend light.
The Identity of a Scientist
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Natarajan reflects on the complex and challenging dynamic of a scientist's identity. She says this tension is rooted in a mixture of religion, culture, and family, and this tension plays itself out in a scientist's daily work.


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is a theoretical physicist and John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland. He's written widely on string theory, and has advanced unified field theories of the type first envisioned by Einstein.

is Associate Professor of Science Writing at MIT. He's produced "Einstein Revealed" for NOVA and has authored several books on science and technology, including Einstein in Berlin.

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