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Why Did Attosecond Physics Win the Nobel Prize?

Season 9 Episode 28 | 12m 05s

The 2023 Nobel prize in physics has been awarded to three physicists for opening a new window in physics—but it's not a window to a new size scale or a new mode of seeing—-it’s for a new window in time. It’s for attosecond physics—the billionth of a billionth of a second that represents the timescale of the insides of atoms. This year’s Nobel in physics is for a microscope in time.

Aired: 10/18/23
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Today we are jumping into a black hole. Again.
The Moon: humanity’s first destination beyond our atmosphere.
So how did humans figure out the solar system? Eclipses!
Is gravity just an emergent effect of entropy?
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What if aliens are deliberately keeping quiet for fear that they might be destroyed?
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Today we are jumping into a black hole. Again.
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Is gravity just an emergent effect of entropy?
Is our 3-D universe is just the inward projection of an infinitely distant boundary?
What if aliens are deliberately keeping quiet for fear that they might be destroyed?
So what exactly is an EMP, and how dangerous are they?