If you think you can't dance with international ballet companies and make physics breakthroughs at the same time, you haven't met Merritt Moore. Merritt continually jumps from lab coats to leotards and tells us how she pulls it off with the grace and dedication of, well, a professional ballerina. Did we mention she also recently competed to become an astronaut candidate on a BBC reality show? Its an episode that truly raises the barre.
Can you mathematicize art? We dive into that question and lots more with physicist, engineer and master origami artist Dr. Robert J. Lang, who merges mathematics with aesthetics to fold elegant modern origami. You’ll hear how computer programs support making better art and discover some astonishing applications of origami folding techniques. Plus, the world’s most beautiful math equation!
We interview Stephon Alexander, physicist, jazz saxophonist, professor at Brown University, and author of the book The Jazz of Physics. Stephon explains why quantum physics is a lot like jazz improvisation and how working on physics in a jazz club led to his most famous string theory calculations. He also tells us how to face down the "please disease" and why synthesizing seemingly disparate fields is the way of the future. Plus, we share an original track from Stephon's album with the musician Rioux. That's right - it's Jazz Hour on TLDNE!
We talk with Taoufik Nadji, professor of physics, astronomy, math, and forensic science at Interlochen Arts Academy. Mr. Nadji is famous at Interlochen for his ingenious ways of incorporating arts and science and making STEM thrilling. We discuss some highly collaborative projects that will blow your mind, why the journey to a solution is as important as the solution itself, and how teaching is also an act of learning. Plus, wait for Mr. Nadji’s answer to the age-old student question: “What does math and science have to do with my life?”