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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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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 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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
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In our third and final installment of the life of George Ellery Hale, we look at the establishment of the Mt. Wilson Observatory and his other endeavors. We also examine the psychological pressures that drove him and eventually lead to his mental breakdown. Direct Download Link Apple Podcasts Link Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In the decade between 1890 and 1900, George Hale went from being a promising graduate of MIT to the world famous director of the Yerkes Observatory. In this episode, we follow his life and work during this critical time. Direct Download Link Apple Podcasts Link George Ellery Hale with a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at The Scientific Odyssey
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This week we begin a biographical series on George Ellery Hale by covering his life from his childhood in Chicago up through his graduation and marriage. Direct Download Link Apple Podcasts Link George Ellery Hale at age 20 Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at The Scientific Odyssey
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The shift from astronomy to astrophysics necessitated the development of new tools of observation at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. In this episode, we look at the rise of the reflecting telescopes and the men who use them including, James Keeler and George Ritchey,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In 1927 Fr. Georges Lemaire published a paper in a little known Belgian scientific journal that described an expanding universe. Two years later, Milton Humason and Edwin Hubble presented evidence to support support this model. In this episode, we look at the development of the idea of a universe that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at The Scientific Odyssey
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On November 25th of 1915, Albert Einstein presented a paper on his General Theory of Relativity that by its end had conclusively shown that the Vulcan hypothesis was not necessary to explain the precession of the perihelion of the orbit of Mercury. It also completely reimagined the structure of space... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at The Scientific Odyssey
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In 1925, the astronomer Henry Norris Russell read a paper at the 33rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The paper, written by Edwin Hubble, a staff astronomer at the Mt. Wilson observatory, detailed observations of Cepheid variable stars in the Andromeda Nebula. These observations and the analysis of them... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at The Scientific Odyssey
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On April 26th of 1920, Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis presented talks on the idea of island universes to the National Academy of Sciences. Held at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Great Debate, as it would come to be known, would showcase two differing views of the scale... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at The Scientific Odyssey