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Dr. Chad Davies
Barnesville, GA
Husband, Christian, Educator, Astronomer, Cyclist, Amateur Philosopher and Historian, Beer Lover, Dog Owner
Interests: Physics, Astronomy, Cycling, History, Philosophy, Theology, Cooking
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In this episode we consider several possible solutions to Hume's Problem of Induction including William Whewell's description of scientific inquiry, the hypothetico-deductive methods and Karl Popper's falsifiability criterion. Direct Download Link Apple Podcast Link William Whewell Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In our new Science and Certainty mini-series, we take a look at what is known as the Problem of Induction in the junction between epistemology and philosophy of science. We review what induction is and then look at various historical statements of the problem culminating with the work of Scottish... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
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Wherein we reach the end of our journey. Direct Download Link Apple Podcasts Link The Blue Dot Sessions Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In our final episode of the biographical series on Albert Einstein, we look at the last twenty years of his life in the United States. We consider his conversations with the mathematician Kurt Godel, the letters to Franklin Delano Roosevelt that helped initiate what would become the Manhattan Project, his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In this episode of the Scientific Odyssey, we delve more deeply into Einstein's religious views and recap the months up to his emigration to the United States to take a position at the Institute of Advanced Study. Direct Download Link Apple Podcasts Link Albert Einsein, Charlie Chaplin, and Elsa Einstein Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In 1930, Albert Einstein wrote, “I believe that the most important mission of the state is to protect the individual and to make it possible for him to develop into a creative personality.” This concise statement of his political philosophy would guide his actions through much of the 1920's and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In the words of physicist John Wheeler, “In all the history of human thought, there is no greater dialogue than that which took place over the years between Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein about the meaning of the quantum.” In this episode of the Scientific Odyssey we explore the relationship... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In this episode we look at Einstein's rise to international fame and what it cost him. Direct Download Link Apple Podcasts Link Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
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When Einstein moved to Berlin in 1914, he entered into a period of intense turmoil, both in his scientific work and in his personal life. In this episode, we take a look at the factors that led him to Berlin and what transpired once he got there. Direct Download Link... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
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This week we look at the period of Albert Einstein's life from 1905-1913 as he moved from one position to another on his rise among the European physics community Direct Download Link Apple Podcasts Link Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
Angelo, Thanks for your kind words! The podcast is a lot of work but I enjoy it tremendously. I'm glad you're enjoying the show and it's great to have you as a part of the crew. Keep the rubber side down on your rides and send me a photo from your adventures from time to time if you're so inclined. Full Sails!
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In the second half of 1905, Albert Einstein published tow papers that refined humanity's understanding of space and time as well as the relationship between mass and energy. In this episode, we examine the factors that led to these discoveries. Direct Download Link Apple Podcast Link Einstein at the Swiss... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In 1905, Albert Einstein published five papers that changed the course of physics and the modern world. In this episode, we look at the first three of those works including his paper on the photoelectric effect, his derivation of Avogardo's number and his analysis of Brownian motion that more or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In this second part of our examination of Einstein's life before the Miracle Year of 1905, we examine the period between his graduation from the Zurich Polytechnic and his being hired at the Swiss patent office. We discuss his scientific work as well as his relationship with Mileva Maric and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In 1896, Albert Einstein enrolled in the teacher preparation program for physics and mathematics at the Zurich Polytechnic. We look at the events that brought him to that point and what transpired while he was a student there, including the beginning of his romantic relationship with Mileva Maric. Direct Download... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In this first episode of our biographical series on Albert Einstein, we look at his childhood growing up in Munich and the various influences that would shape him in many ways. Direct Download Link Apple Podcasts Link Albert Einstein in 1894 Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In this episode, we look at the dispute between British astrophysicist Arthur Eddington and Indian prodigy Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar over white dwarf objects and the fate of higher mass stars. Direct Download Link Apple Podcasts Link Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
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For A. S. Eddington, the most important thing a thinking person could do, whether they be a scientist or a person of faith, was to follow a path of inquiry that sought to uncover new insights and new truths. In this episode, we look at how this value influenced Eddington's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In this episode we consider the question of whether a person can be both religious and a scientist by looking at the early life of the British astrophysicist and lifelong Quaker, Arthur Stanley Eddington. Direct Download Link Apple Podcasts Link Arthur Stanley Eddington Owen's College, University of Manchester Dalton Hall,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In our final narrative episode of this series, we encounter the last piece of the cosmological puzzle-dark energy. We look at the way in which is was discovered and what it means for the ultimate fate of our universe. In this, The final piece of the λ-CDM model of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at The Scientific Odyssey
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This week we look at the work of Vera Rubin and Fritz Zwicky that led to the idea that roughly 85% of the matter in the universe can't be detected except by the gravitational influence on the matter we can see. We also consider alternative explanations such as MOND theories... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In the late 1960's and early 1970's, several problems arose with the Big Bang Theory's attempt to explain certain aspects of the early universe. In 1979, Alan Guth worked out a solution to those known as the Inflationary Model that added a new layer of understanding of the physical processes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at The Scientific Odyssey
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Wherein we discuss the detection of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation by Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson. Direct Download Link Apple Podcasts Link Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias COBE Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation Data Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at The Scientific Odyssey
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This week we look at the work of a number of astrophysicists including Cecilia Payne, Arthur Eddington, Hans Bethe and Charles Critchfield, and Fred Hoyle and Willie Fowler to better understand how the elements are made within the cores of stars. Special introduction by Stephen Guerra of the History of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In 1948, one of the most important papers in the history of science was published in the pages of the Physical Review. In it, authors Ralph Alpher, Hans Bethe (in absentia) and George Gamow not only perpetrated one of the greatest plays on words in the annals of science, they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at The Scientific Odyssey