Episode 24: Higgs In A Blanket with Greg Proops

Posted Oct 14, 2012 by bn


Apparently electrons (and other massive particles) look like Margaret Tatcher. that could be why they are so negative.

Wheee! It’s time to talk about the Higgs field. Okay. So. How is it that this Higgs Field giveseverything mass? Why do we care?

That’s what we’re going to talk about today, it’s kind of a primer.

Our guest today is well known for his cleverness. It’s Greg Proops, The Smartest Man In The World.  When I was planning the show, I told Fiona that we were having the smartest man in the world on as a guest and she was all like “Oh, Ed Witten? Yeah I’ve met him”. Oh, Fiona.

Anyway, this episode is fun. It has kids on bicycles going to visit the Johnson’s house. Also,  fat people who are not reliable messengers. Some of the metaphors are weak.  But I digress.

Listen past the end credits to hear some delightful outtakes.

(FYI, the date we could not remember in the first outtake was actually in the 1930’s. OOPS!)

Physicists: Tia Miceli, Matt Buckley

Intro Music: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists 

Exit Music: John Vanderslice 

Transcript: Ep_24_Higgs_In_A_Blanket

(errata. oh hey, apparently there was an american version of Whose Line Is It Anyway which was on the air WAY PAST THE 90’s! TV ignorance is the price I payed to go to grad school. Oh well, you’re still old, everyone in north america on average)