Cool Science Radio

Thursday, 9-10AM

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From the discovery of new dinosaurs to the science of an avalanche.

From the secret technology behind Facebook, to nanotechnology.

Deciphering science and technology in an entertaining, amusing and accessible way.

If we can understand it, so can you. 

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Revered author Simon Winchester joins the program. Winchester is a many time NY Times bestselling author whose books include The Professor and the Madman, The Map that Changed the World, and others - and he joins us  to talk about his new book which is The Perfectionists:  How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. Winchester traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision.

Our guest, local geneticist Dr. Brian Ward,  joins the show. Ward is the founder and principal of Advantage Genomics Consulting, a Park City-based company. Ward has spent a lifetime exploring the most recent advances in genetics: how genetics can help us target specific cancers, how we can edit genes to produce healthier and stronger species and what the ethical considerations are of doing that.

  Adam Becker, PhD, joins John and Lynn. Becker has written, What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics. Modern technology today is driven by quantum theory - from the LEDs and microchips in your phone to the nuclear hearts of the most distant space probes, yet most physicists don’t agree on what quantum physics actually means...stay tuned for this lively discussion.

Cool Science Radio speaks with Ryan Wright, a sophomore at Park City High School, who will be President of the Engineering Club next year. We talk with Ryan about how he first became interested in engineering, his plans for the Engineering Club and what is ticking in the minds of inspired young people. 

Today we speak with a 17-year-old mathematician, Agnijo Banergee, whose IQ is higher than that of Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking. He is joined by his math tutor and co-author, David Darling. The pair have written a book called Weird Math: A Teenage Genius and His Teacher Reveal the Strange Connections between Math and Everyday Life. 

 

Local resident Roger Burrows joins Cool Science Radio. Burrows has written many books, and is a mathematician and an inventor. His new book  is 3D Thinking in Design and Architecture from Antiquity to the Future. The book describes ways in which ideas of the past can be transformed into new concepts for the future. Burrows hope for the book is that readers will be able to walk through historical sites in the Americas and around the world and get a lot more out of the experience - as well as, hopefully, being inspired.

Richard Brown, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Utah joins Cool Science Radio. He was just honored with the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the U’s highest faculty accolade. The $50,000 cash award is presented annually to a faculty member who transcends ordinary teaching, research and administrative efforts.

Jonathan Johnson, President of Medici Ventures, which is a  subsidiary of Overstock.com. Jonathan is currently on the board at Overstock and was their President and acting CEO for a number of years. Medici invests in firms building solutions leveraging and servicing blockchain technologies. Medici Ventures has a growing portfolio of groundbreaking new companies and tech businesses.

 

Professor Brian Keating of UCSD joins the program to discuss his new book, Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor. As we know, the Nobel Prize is not only the most prestigious award in Science, it’s also humanity’s most esteemed accolade, its most sacred cow.

Anna Yen joins the show to discuss her new book, Sophia of Silicon Valley. Yen has worked at a wide range of tech companies. She spearheaded investor relations for industry leaders such as Tesla Motors, Market Watch, and Pixar Animations Studios, and reported directly to some of Silicon Valley's most respected leaders. She has co-founded several tech start-ups and is currently Managing Director at Ellipsis, an investor relations firm.

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