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Why This Universe?

Dan Hooper, Shalma Wegsman

The biggest ideas in physics, broken down. Join theoretical physicist Dan Hooper and PhD student Shalma Wegsman as they answer your questions about dark matter, black holes, quantum mechanics, and more. Part of The University of Chicago Podcast Network.


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4.8 out of 5 stars from 169 ratings
  • Fascinating

    As a non-scientist who’s interested in physics I love this podcast. It’s not dumbed down but it is very clearly presented, and the subjects covered are fascinating. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to get an insight into the big questions of our universe.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom21 days ago
  • Vocal fry, valspeak, uptalk

    Shalma (female host) has a speech pattern that is most annoying. She has the habit of producing a rising inflection as if she is asking a question -even when she isn't. Also she doesn't seem to talk into the microphone, her voice sometimes goes into whisper mode and I can't even her what she is saying. She is terrible as a host, not a professional. But Dan is fantastic!! Great voice, speaks clearly and projects his thoughts cleanly, concisely. Just have Dan and this is a 5 star show for sure!!

    Apple Podcasts
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    United States22 days ago
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    Friendly. Relaxed. Informative. Excellent. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma month ago
  • Quantum field theory episode

    One of the best explanations of QFT and why the theory developed the way it did. Overall the theoretical physics discussions in this podcast have been insightful and unique in the way it’s presented.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa month ago

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