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I first saw Brian Cox on stage at Daresbury Lab the local particle accelerator.

13 years, and a couple of Guinness World Records later the venues have got a little bigger but his enthusiasm is undiminished.

If you can’t make it to one of the dates to see the 16x graphics then do check out his appearance on Joe Rogan.

The whole show is excellent but the best segment is at 1:09:45 where Joe asks Brian if he thinks other ”intelligent” life exists.

We should remember than Science is not absolute certainty about how the world works but rather an iterative process of understanding.

Brain rightly draws attention to the Gravitational Waves discovery which essentially uses massive instruments to detect ripples in space time postulated by Einstein. It is amazing to see the progress made and rightly resulted in the 2017 Nobel Prize.

During the 3hr conversation the discussion turns to financing the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) with BC pointing out that planning for projects is prudently done 8 years in advance with funds secured from across the EU.

The failed US collider is rightly held up as a failure case when investment or collaboration is lacking.

Brian has an innate ability to communicate complex ideas with unwavering enthusiasm and a thirst to understand. He shares this urgency to understand and teach with the late great Richard Feynman.

Richard collaborated on The Manhattan Project with Robert Oppenheimer. The pair believed the collective discovery of the best minds of that generation would soon but an end life on Earth.

‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds’.

Thankfully politics and some would say good luck intervened.

In this now famous essay he sums up the Value of Science.

It is our responsibility as scientists, knowing the great progress which comes from a satisfactory philosophy of ignorance, the great progress which is the fruit of freedom of thought, to proclaim the value of this freedom; to teach how doubt is not to be feared but welcomed and discussed; and to demand this freedom as our duty to all coming generations.

Richard P. Feynman

Here are the Books that are mentioned on the Podcast

Be sure to visit Aberdeen Science Centre at it’s interim home on George Street for a talk by NASA Engineer Heather Paul.

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