Monthly Archives: September 2012

Particle Hunting in a Preposterous Universe

September 18, 2012
Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll

Physicist Sean Carroll Discusses the Higgs Boson, Mars, the Mulitiverse, and Non-belief

It’s an exciting time for science. Researchers hurtle protons around a 17-mile tube of super-conducting magnets buried beneath the Franco-Swiss border, in search of the Higgs boson. Meanwhile, millions of miles away, NASA operates a rover on Mars, producing stunning images of the Martian surface. These achievements provide provocative clues to the mysteries of our universe – and raise many new questions. Sean Carroll, a senior research associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology, talks about these events, as well as his atheism and the possible origins of our universe. His exciting new book, The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World, will be available Nov. 13. Carroll’s previous book is From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time. 

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To read more of Sean Carroll’s work, see his website, the Preposterous Universe, and follow his blog at Discover Magazine, Cosmic Variance.

Killing Faith Kindly (Podcast)

September 6, 2012
Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta

Talking Godlessness with Hemant Mehta, ‘The Friendly Atheist’

Hemant Mehta is the chair of the Foundation Beyond Belief and the author of the 2007 book, I Sold My Soul on Ebay. His book recounts church visits resulting from an eBay auction in which he offered to attend the worship services of the winning bidder’s choosing. In May, 2012, Mehta wrote an online article for The Washington Post titled, “How the Web is Killing Faith.” He teaches high-school math in the suburbs of Chicago. We discuss how important the Web is to the atheist movement, the recent Atheism+ phenomenon, his Jain upbringing, and other topics.

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(33 minutes, 58 seconds, 16.3 MB)
Click here to for The Friendly Atheist website, and here for an introduction to Atheism+.

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