Broadcast 1623 (Special Edition)

19 Sep 2011 Dr. Lawrence Krauss
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Guest: Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Krauss. Topics: For the first hour, we discussed Dr. Richard Feynman & Larry's new book. In the last segment, we did an open discussion with Space Show announcements & a caller. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Dr. Krauss back to the program as hew as a guest several years ago when his book, "The Physics of Star Trek" was published. For the first half of the hour with Dr. Krauss, we discussed his new book, "Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science." Dr. Krauss told us much about the late Dr. Feynman, his science, quantum mechanics, his Nobel prize, and more. I asked Dr. Krauss how it was that Dr. Feynman was on the Challenger accident review panel and he replied that he was a Nobel winner, he was famous, and he brought integrity & stature to the board. A listener asked why the New Age community always referenced Dr. Feynman and his work. Here, Dr. Krauss had some very interesting things to say so don't miss his comments. In summary, while Feynman was open to investigating out of the box claims and ideas, he did not hesitate to debunk them and many in the New Age community do not understand his work and science. We talked about the possibility of changing or having different laws of physics. No way but listen to what he had to say about this. In the second half hour with Dr. Krauss, we talked space policy, specifically human spaceflight. As you will hear, Dr. Krauss said very little science has been done and is being done on ISS & its not been nor will it ever be cost effective. Pretty much the same for shuttle. He talked about why we have human spaceflight which he said was for adventure, if it was worth the cost, and the NASA science missions which are valuable. He had much to say about the cost overruns on the JWST and said without the human spaceflight component, all of this could easily be afforded. You do not want to miss this segment as it will challenge your thinking on many levels. When I asked our guest about specific human factors benefits such as bone loss developments, he said it was unclear if the same could not have been developed on Earth far cheaper. The same for protein crystal growth when I cited the CF gene work and success. See if you agree with him and why or why not? We came back after the break for a short segment of announcements for future Space Show programming, my comments about listener feedback to the show, and we took a call from John about out of the box ideas such as an inflatable space tower. If you have comments or questions, post them on the blog URL above. We want to hear from you.

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