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162 – Dr Michael Brown – Lies, Damned Lies, and NRA Statistics

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

In today’s episode, I talk to Dr Michael Brown from Monash University about the mis-use of statistics in the public sphere, and specifically, about the American National Rifle Associations misrepresentations of data. We talk about: – The Australian context – Australian gun control laws – The subsequent experience after the implementation of these laws – […]

145 – Dr Rosemary Mardling – The Three Body Problem

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

In today’s episode, I speak to Dr Rosemary Mardling from Monash University on the 3-body problem and the n-body problem. – What is the 3-body problem? How does it relate to astronomy? – How was it worked out in the early days? – What was Newton’s approach to the problem? – How does the 3-body […]

139 – Dr Michael Brown – The Square Kilometre Array

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

In this episode, I talk to Dr Michael Brown, the ARC Future Fellow from Monash University, who has been doing work on the planned surveys with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder. He talked to the podcast about the Square Kilometre Array. Topics we discussed included: – What are the different types of telescopes? – […]

9/12/2010 365 Days of Astronomy Appearance – Titan and the Saturnian System

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

The Ordinary Guy from the Brains Matter Podcast has contributed to another episode of 365 Days of Astronomy: Titan and the Saturnian System For the full interviews with Dr Andrew Prentice, please check out the guests list

117 – Dr Michael Brown – Galaxy Evolution and Active Galactic Nuclei

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

I speak to Dr Michael Brown, from the School of Physics at Monash University. Michael talked to me about the formation of galaxies, and specifically, research into Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) – What is the definition of a galaxy? – What makes up a galaxy? – What are some examples of galaxies we can see […]

108 – Is Intelligent Life Common in the Universe?

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

A question that everyone asks at some point is – are we alone? We’ve all heard about the Drake Equation, and have had chats about our place in the universe with friends. In this episode, Dr Allie Ford hosts a debate between Professor John Lattanzio and Ms Marion Anderson from Monash University on the topic […]

100 – The Century – Dr Andrew Prentice and Dr Simon Singh

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The 100th episode of Brains Matter coincides with National Science Week – and to celebrate both the 100th show and National Science week, in this episode, we cover a range of topics. There are two great new interviews, as well as highlights from previous shows. You can go to the original interviews by clicking on […]

Redirect – The Century

Monday, August 17th, 2009

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097 – Dr Rosemary Mardling – Extra solar planets

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

I talk to Dr Rosemary Mardling, an astrophysicist from Monash University on the topic of extra-solar planets. Topics we cover include: – What is an extra solar planet? – How do we find extra solar planets? – How do we estimate the size and form of these extra solar planets? – How do we explain […]

095 – Dr Andrew Prentice – The Saturn System

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Dr Andrew Prentice from Monash University continues his discussion with me about his theories of the formation of the solar system. In this episode, we concentrate on the Saturniun system, satellites such as Titan and some of the observations in comparison to his predictions, and conclude by reflecting back on what was discussed in the […]