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Quantum mechanics is the most important idea in physics, and physicists themselves readily admit that they don’t understand it. Genetics is another commonly misconceived area of science with the rise of new biomedical technologies and the popularity of at-home DNA testing kits. Fortunately for ALOUD audiences, we welcome two of the most celebrated science writers to help make sense of how we live in the world—through space and time, and what we pass along from generation to generation. Carl Zimmer is a celebrated New York Times columnist and science writer whose most recent book, “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity,” weaves historical and current scientific research to present a new definition of what heredity is and how it is much bigger than simply genes we inherit from our ancestors. Joining Zimmer is Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, host of the Mindscape podcast, and bestselling author of “The Big Picture.” Carroll shares from his new book, “Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime,” where he demystifies the paradoxes of quantum mechanics. This illuminating, wide-reaching conversation will take us from the single cells that comprise our own bodies to the wonders of the cosmos.

Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times, where is his column “Matter” has appeared regularly since 2013. Over the course of his career, he has published 13 books about Science. His latest book is She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Power, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity. It won the 2019 National Academies Communication Award as well as many other honors.


Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, host of the Mindscape podcast, and author of From Eternity to Here, The Particle at the End of the Universe, and The Big Picture. He has been awarded prizes and fellowships by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the American Institute of Physics, and the Royal Society of London, among many others. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, writer Jennifer Ouellette.


This program is generously supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation



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