When things don’t go the way they’re supposed to — viruses, star systems, presidents, even fish — we’re often desperate to explain the chaos. In this episode, we search for order in the universe.
Eels are philosophically and scientifically slippery — they’re still some of the most mysterious creatures on the planet. Journalist Patrik Svensson has been obsessed with them, and wound up writing a surprise bestseller — “The Book of Eels.”
Lulu Miller’s book “Why Fish Don’t Exist” — which examines ichthyologist David Starr Jordan — is a meditation on the shadow side of scientific classification, and the dangers of trying too hard to impose order on chaos.
Putting aside the question of whether there’s any validity to it, the ancient science of astrology has a lot in common with contemporary data science. In fact, data scientist Alexander Boxer calls astrology humanity’s very first set of algorithms.
For centuries, people have considered mathematics the purest form of knowledge — and our best bet for deciphering the universe’s hidden order. Steve spoke with two people who love math: physicist James Gates and science writer Margaret Wertheim.
Original Air Date: August 08, 2020
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Wanda Parisien is a computing expert who navigates the vast landscape of hardware and software. With a focus on computer technology, software development, and industry trends, Wanda delivers informative content, tutorials, and analyses to keep readers updated on the latest in the world of computing.