Sunday, December 6, 2020


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Recorded: 2020/06/25 Released: 2020/12/06

Jim and Randy discuss rationales for the existence of a multiverse, guided by quantum mechanics, string theory, and the anthropic principle.


1. The papers we read for this program:

2. Related Episodes of Physics Frontiers:
3. Randy mentioned Sabine Hossenfelder's video on String Theory.
4. Jim mentioned Ian Hacking's The Emergence of Probabilty [Amazon]. This is a very intersting book that discusses the development of probability, with many interesting factoids along the way. In fact, it was in reading this book that I got the idea for the quantum dice.
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  1. Well, dudes, some anonymous teenager on Apple Podcasts thinks this episode sucks!

    Time to stop podcasting!

    1. Sorry to hear that.

      I took a listen, and I'm really sorry about the audio quality of the podcast. There's something in the background of Randy's track that's hard to edit out after the compression that keeps our tracks level. So, either I have to have Randy fade in and out or he sounds like there's a bee in his microphone. It's an annoying trade-off, and we haven't identified the problem.

      On the positive side, I'm sure Frank wasn't offended at all, so his fans don't have to be. I'm also sure that he is, however, grateful that he has fans on the internet with no sense of humor to take umbrage for him.