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Ep. 372: The Millikan Oil Drop

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) In 1909 Robert Millikan devised an ingenious experiment to figure out the charge of an electron using a drop of oil. Let’s talk about this Nobel Prize winning experiment. Download the show [MP3] | Jump to Shownotes | Jump to Transcript This episode...

Ep. 371: Eddington Eclipse Experiment

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) At the turn of the 20th Century, Einstein’s theory of relativity stunned the physics world, but the experimental evidence needed to be found. And so, in 1919, another respected astronomer, Arthur Eddington, observed the deflection of stars by the...

Ep. 370: The Kaufmann–Bucherer–Neumann Experiments

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) One of the most amazing implications of Einstein’s relativity is the fact that the inertial mass of an object depends on its velocity. That sounds like a difficult thing to test, but that’s exactly what happened through a series of experiments...

Ep. 369: The Fizeau Experiment

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) Light is tricky stuff, and it took scientists hundreds of years to puzzle out what this stuff is. But they poked and prodded at it with many clever experiments to try to measure its speed, motion and interaction with the rest of the Universe. For example,...

Ep. 357: Modern Women: Vera Rubin

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) It’s time for another series. This time we’ll be talking about famous female astronomers. Starting with: Vera Rubin, who first identified the fact that galaxies rotate too quickly to hold themselves together, anticipating the discovery of dark...

Ep. 297: Space Stations, Part 2 — Mir

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) Last week we introduced the history of space stations and focused on the US and Soviet stations that were launched. This week we look at one of the longest running missions ever launched: Mir. From its launch and construction to its fiery finale, Mir...

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