July 3, 2015 – History of Black Holes

My guest on this program is Marcia Bartusiak, Professor of the Practice, Graduate Program in Science Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the award-winning author of five previous books. We’ll be talking about her most recent, Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking Became Loved. It examines the history of an idea, and tells the story of the fierce black Continue reading

March 29, 2013 – Big Data

Program guest is Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. He is co-author of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. “Big Data” refers to our newfound ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw sometimes profoundly surprising conclusions from it. The book aims to go beyond the recent big data hype and explain big Continue reading