Episode 16: Drinking Superfluid from the Fire Hose of Knowledge with Kelly Link

Posted May 28, 2012 by bn

you cant tell because this isn’t an AWESOME VIDEO, but this is a picture of Helium II siphoning out of a bucket.

Kelly Link! Kelly Link! Kelly Link! Today my guest is Kelly Link! The author of this and this and you should buy her short story collections. you can even listen to podcast versions of some of her stories. And you probably should do that too.

Anyway, today were talking about superfluids. If you’re reading this and not listening to the podcast, why not watch some videos about them?

Anyway. Long story short. Helium, when you cool it to cold enough temperatures, turns into a kind of matter called a ‘superfluid’. it no longer has any viscosity, and it behaves very strangely. essentially, the laws of quantum mechanics have taken over. It’s BONKERS.

Note: after the end of this show there’s quite a bit of other discussion. most of it is redundant discussion and explanations. so maybe… it’ll help you understand?

Physicists: Fiona Burnell, Jocelyn Read

Intro Music: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists 

Exit Music: John Vanderslice 

Transcript: Ep_16_Drinking_Superfluid_From_The_Fire_Hose_Of_Knowledge