012: Where Are We, Anyhow?
The History and Philosophy of Physics Podcast
by Teagan Phillips
11M ago
In this episode, I take a bit of a broader look at ancient Greece in the 7th - 4th centuries BCE (Archaic and Classical Greece) and discuss some of the reasons why natural philosophy arose here at this time ..read more
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009: The Original Atomic Age
The History and Philosophy of Physics Podcast
by Teagan Phillips
11M ago
Welcome to Season 2! This episode is on the original atomists, Leucippus and Democritus, and their original atomic theory from way back in the 5th century BCE. I discuss the nature of the void and ancient atoms, how they relate to the matter we can also sense, and how this theory relates to some of the work discussed earlier in the podcast (especially the work of Parmenides ..read more
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Announcement - Season 2
The History and Philosophy of Physics Podcast
by Teagan Phillips
11M ago
Hello again! It's been a while (sorry!), but I am finally back to producing podcast episodes and will start releasing them in a couple of weeks. This short announcement will have a bit more information about the (seasonal) release schedule for Season 2 and my exciting news about school next year :D ..read more
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Bonus 3: Gender and Sexual Orientation Among STEM Nobel Prize Laureates
The History and Philosophy of Physics Podcast
by Teagan Phillips
11M ago
This is an audio-friendly version of the talk I gave at the UBC Gender Equity & STEM Virtual Conference on November 14, 2020. Abstract: One of the most famous awards in history, the Nobel prizes are given for the most important academic, cultural, and scientific advances around the world.  Nobel laureates are some of the top scientists worldwide, however, of the 624 prizes in science awarded to date, only 23 have gone to women.  The prizes also reflect the underrepresentation of other groups in scientific fields. There is a documented racial/ethnic disparity among laureates and t ..read more
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Promo: UBC Gender Equity & STEM Virtual Conference
The History and Philosophy of Physics Podcast
by Teagan Phillips
11M ago
Since I don't yet have the next proper podcast episode recorded and ready, I wanted to share with you all one of the other things I've been working on the last little while. I'm the founder and president of a volunteer group called the UBC Young Women for STEM which seeks to reduce the gender gap in STEM. One of my group's events is an annual conference and this year's conference was postponed from March and transitioned online to make it safer ..read more
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008: To Infinity and Absurdity
The History and Philosophy of Physics Podcast
by Teagan Phillips
11M ago
This episode is on Zeno of Elea (born c. 490 BCE) - student of Parmenides, namesake of the quantum Zeno effect, and originator of some puzzling paradoxes. I'll focus on Zeno's arguments against plurality and his paradoxes of motion as recorded by Simplicius and Aristotle ..read more
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007: He Never Changes His Mind
The History and Philosophy of Physics Podcast
by Teagan Phillips
11M ago
Let's get metaphysical! This episode focuses primarily on Parmenides (6th - mid-5th century BCE), the "father of metaphysics". He believed that a lot of what we see and believe in (concepts such as creation and movement) are actually an illusion and that reality is unchanging.  I'll discuss Parmenides's theory, argument, and influence and take some side-trips into the philosophy of physics - looking at theories of what was before the Big Bang and (my favourite topic) the nature of time ..read more
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006: He's Always Changing His Mind
The History and Philosophy of Physics Podcast
by Teagan Phillips
11M ago
Can you step in the same river twice? This episode will give an answer to this question by discussing Heraclitus, the "philosopher of flux". I'll focus mostly on his doctrines of flux and the unity of opposites, but also mention some of his writings on ethics, politics, and theology. Supposedly self-taught and quite critical of earlier thinkers, Heraclitus would influence a number of important Greek philosophers.  ..read more
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Bonus 1: The Most Epic Math Club Ever
The History and Philosophy of Physics Podcast
by Teagan Phillips
11M ago
This is a bonus episode on Pythagoreanism, AKA the Most Epic Math Club Ever. A religious cult and school of mathematics combined, Pythagoreanism has had a lasting impact on science and philosophy. I'll discuss the religious influences on Pythagoreanism, early Pythagorean beliefs, some of the most famous early Pythagoreans, its link to medieval European education, and its influence on some key thinkers during the Renaissance period. Join me this episode and learn how mathematics can purify your immortal soul ..read more
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005: That One Thing From Grade School Math
The History and Philosophy of Physics Podcast
by Teagan Phillips
11M ago
This episode focuses on Pythagoras of Samos (c. 590 - c. 470 BCE) - the man, the primarily myth, the legend with a golden thigh. A surprisingly controversial figure, what do we know or not know about the namesake for one of the most well-known theorems in all of mathematics ..read more
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