June 1, 2021

EP. 107 — Making Sense of Quantum Mechanics with Carlo Rovelli

Quantum mechanics is over a century old, yet most of us still struggle to truly understand it. This week theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli is on the show to discuss his new book Helgoland and help Adam begin to truly understand how quantum physics can fit into a broader picture of reality. Check out Carlo’s book at factuallypod.com/books.


FACT-107-20210527-CarloRevelli-ACv01-ALT-DYN.mp3 Speaker 1 [00:00:02] Hello welcome to Factually, I’m Adam Conover, thank you so much for spending an hour of your day with us once again, talking to some incredible experts and learning some new things. Today, let’s talk about physics. Physics is in many ways the ultimate science, you know what I mean? In the great halls of scientific inquiry, physicists walk around with a little bit of extra swagger. Because, hey, all those other sciences (all that biology, sociology, psychology, hell even chemistry), why all those just devolve into physics, right? At root, physics is the study of what truly exists and everything else is details. Physics is foundational and on top of that, it has also made massive progress over the last few centuries. And that progress has not only helped us understand the universe at a fundamental level, it has not only brought us immense technological change that’s benefited all of us (and also kille

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