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Chatting Up A Storm - Claudia Cragg


Mar 30, 2017

Marcus du Sautoy, "I don't see how anybody can believe that climate change is not happening because if you see the correlation between the carbon that's being put into our environment via us as humans and the increase in temperature, if you don't think there's a connection (then) I really don't understand how you can make any connections about anything!"

BROADCAST on KGNU Denver/Boulder on 31 May 2017 amidst White House announcements of the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change accord

KGNU's Claudia Cragg speaks here with Marcus du Sautoy, the Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and professor of mathematics, on his new book “The Great Unknown.” This is a "captivating journey to the outer reaches of human knowledge" -- Bill Bryson.  He explores the boundaries of human knowledge, from chaos theory to the concept of infinity, to find out whether some mysteries of the universe can ever be solved.

In The Great Unknown, one of the world’s most brilliant mathematicians takes us into the minds of science’s greatest innovators as he probes the many mysteries we have yet to solve. From the very large to the very small, from the distant future to the deep past, from the complexities of the human brain to the infinities of mathematics, Marcus du Sautoy invites us to join him on a journey to the seven frontiers of knowledge, the outer edges where scientists are actively grappling with the unknown. Can we locate consciousness in the brain? What is dark energy made of? Can we speak of time before the Big Bang? Is it possible to predict the future?

At once exhilarating and mind bending, The Great Unknown challenges us to think in new ways about every aspect of the known world. Du Sautoy reminds us that major breakthroughs were often ridiculed at the time of their discovery and invites us to consider big questions—about who we are and the nature of God—that even the most creative scientists have yet to answer definitively.

In The Great Unknown, one of the world’s most brilliant mathematicians takes us into the minds of science’s greatest innovators as he probes the many mysteries we have yet to solve. From the very large to the very small, from the distant future to the deep past, from the complexities of the human brain to the infinities of mathematics, Marcus du Sautoy invites us to join him on a journey to the seven frontiers of knowledge, the outer edges where scientists are actively grappling with the unknown.

Can we locate consciousness in the brain?

What is dark energy made of?

Can we speak of time before the Big Bang?

Is it possible to predict the future?

At once exhilarating and mind bending, The Great Unknown will challenge you to think in new ways about every aspect of the known world. Du Sautoy reminds us that major breakthroughs were often ridiculed at the time of their discovery and invites us to consider big questions—about who we are and the nature of God—that even the most creative scientists have yet to answer definitively.