Friday, September 21, 2018

The String Theory Landscape

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Recorded: 5/12/2018 Released: 9/21/2018

Jim and Randy explore the landscape of string theory, an idea put forward by Leonard Susskind about how to interpret the cornucopia of universes possible in string theory.



1. The papers we read for this program:
  • Susskind, L., "The Anthropic Landscape of String Theory" in Carr, Bernard (ed.), Universe or Multiverse? (Cambridge, 2009), 247-266. [arXiv]
  • Susskind, L., "Supersymmetry Breaking in the Anthropic Landscape" in Shifman, Vainshtein, and Wheater (eds.) From Fields to Strings: Circumnavigating Theoretical Physics (World Scientific, 2005). 1745-1749. [arXiv]
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  1. Hi Jim and Randy, I discovered your podcast recently and got hooked! I love how you convey complex subjects in relatively easy to understand and fun way! Thank you!

    A quick feedback on the audio quality. I have noticed that the silences between your sentences are removed in the audio. This makes the audio sound somewhat unnatural and strange. Do you do any post processing in the audio ? I am using overcast and have triple checked that I am not using the shorten silence option that the App provides.

  2. Hi!

    The podcast is heavily edited for content, to the tune of 40-50%, so that's probably what makes it sound unnatural.

    I'll try to make the sentence pauses more natural in the future, if I can find them.