28 November 2008

Little Atoms with Marcus Chown

On this week's show Neil Denny talks to Marcus Chown.

Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. A former radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is now cosmology consultant of the weekly science magazine New Scientist. Marcus has written a number of popular science books, including "The Magic Furnace", "The Universe Next Door" and "The Never-ending Days of Being Dead". His latest book is "Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You".


Anonymous John Merkel said...

A statement in Marcus Chown's book "The Magic Furnace" got me thinking about the possibility of perpetual motion machines. He said something like "the atoms of helium in your child's birthday balloon have been around since they were created at the big bang"...so my questions are: "Why don't atoms run out of gas?" or "Where do they get the energy to exist for 15-18 billion years?"

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