Breaking The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime Quantum mechanics forbids us from measuring the universe beyond a certain level of precision. But that doesn’t stop us from trying. And in some cases succeeding, by squeezing the Heisenberg uncertainty principle to its breaking point. Check out the Space Time Merch […]

What If Dark Matter Is Just Black Holes?

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime​ It may be that for every star in the universe there are billions of microscopic black holes streaming through the solar system, the planet, even our bodies every second. Sounds horrible – but hey, at least we’d have explained dark matter. Want […]

Why the Muon g-2 Results Are So Exciting!

Support Us On https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime When a theory makes a prediction that disagrees with an experimental test, sometimes it means we should throw the theory away. But what if that theory has otherwise produced the most successful predictions in all of physics? Then, that little glitch may be pointing the way to layers of physics deeper […]

Can You Freeze A Quantum System By Observing It?

To learn more, check out: https://www.TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/spacetimepbs Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime “A moving arrow is at rest.” This is obviously a nonsensical contradiction. But Zeno, a Greek philosopher famous for his metaphysical trolling, devised a paradox whose conclusion is just this. Here’s how it goes: if you […]

Gravitational Wave Background Discovered?

Check Out Overview on PBS Terra: https://youtu.be/Pgj95EntvW0 Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime​ It was pretty impressive when LIGO detected gravitational waves from colliding black holes. Well we’ve just taken that to the next level with a galaxy-spanning gravitational wave detector that may have detected a foundational element […]

How Does Gravity Warp the Flow of Time?

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime There’s a deep connection between gravity and time – gravitational fields seem to slow the pace of time in what we call gravitational time dilation. And today we’ll explore the origin of this effect. And ultimately, we’ll use what we learn to […]

Dark Matter Particles: Gateway to The Dark Universe

Check out Weathered on PBS Terra: https://youtu.be/q1hj9RCWuH0 Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime By the time you’ve read this, a billion billion dark matter particles may have streamed through your body like ghosts. The particle or particles of the dark sector make up the vast majority of the […]

Could A Spaceship Wrap Around The Universe & Destroy Itself?

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime Today we’re going to delve into a couple of the most famous paradoxes of special relativity: the Twin Paradox, The Ladder Paradox (aka the Barn-Pole Paradox), and a paradox suggested by our very own viewers, which asks whether a spaceship could wrap […]

The Supernovas At The End of The Universe

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime Good news everyone: it looks like the universe is going to end with a series of catastrophic explosions. The very, very long story short is that the universe ends in heat death, as it approaches maximum entropy, and its eternal exponential expansion […]

Why Do You Remember The Past But Not The Future?

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime The laws of physics don’t specify an arrow of time – they don’t distinguish the past from the future. The equations we use to describe how things evolve forward in time also perfectly describe their evolution backwards in time. So the brain […]

Electroweak Theory and the Origin of the Fundamental Forces

Our universe seems pretty complicated. We have a weird zoo of elementary particles, which interact through very different fundamental forces. But some extremely subtle clues in nature have led us to believe that the forces of nature were once unified, ruled by a single, grand symmetry. But how does one force separate into multiple? And […]

How The Penrose Singularity Theorem Predicts The End of Space Time

The Nobel prize in physics this year went to black holes. Generally speaking. Specifically, it was shared by the astronomers who revealed to us the Milky Way’s central black hole and by Roger Penrose, who proved that in general relativity, every black hole contains a place of infinite gravity – a singularity. But the true […]

Is The Future Predetermined By Quantum Mechanics?

Einstein’s special theory of relativity combines space and time into one dynamic, unified entity – spacetime. But if time is connected to space, could the universe be anything but deterministic? And does that mean that the future is predestined? Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime Check out the […]

Solving Quantum Cryptography

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime Check out the Space Time Merch Store https://pbsspacetime.com/ Sign up for the mailing list to get episode notifications and hear special announcements! https://mailchi.mp/1a6eb8f2717d/space… Your extensive posting history on r/birdswitharms and your old fanfiction-heavy livejournal are both one tiny math problem away from […]

How Do We Know What Stars Are Made Of?

Thank you to Target for supporting PBS. You can learn more at https://target.com/community Share your story today: https://to.pbs.org/3izZeXh Pin-pricks in the celestial sphere, through which shines the light of heaven? Or gods and heroes looking down from their constellations? Or lights kindled above middle earth by Varda Elbereth and brightened with the dew of the […]

Can Future Colliders Break the Standard Model?

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime Check out the Space Time Merch Store https://pbsspacetime.com/ Sign up for the mailing list to get episode notifications and hear special announcements! https://mailchi.mp/1a6eb8f2717d/space… If you wanna make an omelet you gotta break a few eggs. And by omelet I mean a theory […]

How Stars Destroy Each Other

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime Check out the Space Time Merch Store https://pbsspacetime.com/ Sign up for the mailing list to get episode notifications and hear special announcements! https://mailchi.mp/1a6eb8f2717d/space… Our galaxy is full of dysfunctional stellar relationships. With more than half of all stars existing in binary orbits, […]

Theory of Everything Controversies: Livestream

The second in our two event series about Theories of Everything! Watch the first one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_izocEgArtQ Please subscribe to Brian Keating’s YouTube Channel to watch one-on-one interviews with the guest speakers and more: https://www.youtube.com/DrBrianKeating Existing Theories of Everything have not yet produced experimental evidence that solves the fundamental challenges facing physics. That lack of progress […]

What is a Theory of Everything: Livestream

Join two epic livestreams about Theories of Everything! Sign up for prizes, a download link to the videos, and more at http://www.pbsspacetime.com/events. Please subscribe to Brian Keating’s YouTube Channel to watch one-on-one interviews with the guest speakers and more: https://www.youtube.com/DrBrianKeating July 28 @ 4pm Eastern (8pm UTC) – What is a Theory of Everything? Moderated […]

Theory of Everything Livestreams with Amazing Guests

Join two epic livestreams about Theories of Everything! Sign up for prizes, a download link to the videos, and more at http://www.pbsspacetime.com/events. Check out our co-moderator Brian Keating’s incredible channel at: https://www.youtube.com/DrBrianKeating July 28 @ 4pm Eastern – What is a Theory of Everything? Moderated by Matt O’Dowd & Brian Keating ​Featuring Max Tegmark, Stephon […]

The Boundary Between Black Holes & Neutron Stars

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime Check out the Space Time Merch Store https://pbsspacetime.com/ Sign up for the mailing list to get episode notifications and hear special announcements! https://mailchi.mp/1a6eb8f2717d/spacetime When we detected the very first gravitational wave, a new window was opened to the mysteries of the universe. […]

Does Antimatter Explain Why There’s Something Rather Than Nothing?

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime Check out the Space Time Merch Store https://pbsspacetime.com/ Sign up for the mailing list to get episode notifications and hear special announcements! https://mailchi.mp/1a6eb8f2717d/space… The most precious substance in our universe is not gold, nor oil. It’s not even printer ink. It’s antimatter. […]

Dissolving an Event Horizon

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime Check out the Space Time Merch Store https://pbsspacetime.com/ Sign up for the mailing list to get episode notifications and hear special announcements! https://mailchi.mp/1a6eb8f2717d/spacetime Black hole singularities break physics – fortunately, the universe seems to conspire to protect itself from their causality-destroying madness. […]

Building Black Holes in a Lab

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime Check out the Space Time Merch Store https://pbsspacetime.com/ Sign up for the mailing list to get episode notifications and hear special announcements! https://mailchi.mp/1a6eb8f2717d/space… Black holes are about the worst subjects for direct study in the universe. But at this stage, it’s all […]

What Happens After the Universe Ends?

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime Check out the Space Time Merch Store https://pbsspacetime.com/ Sign up for the mailing list to get episode notifications and hear special announcements! https://mailchi.mp/1a6eb8f2717d/spacetime Conformal Cyclic Cosmology is a story of the origin and the end of our universe from great mathematical physicist […]

Can Viruses Travel Between Planets?

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Mapping the Multiverse

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspaceSign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime Check out the Space Time Merch Store https://pbsspacetime.com/ Sign up for the mailing list to get episode notifications and hear special announcements! https://mailchi.mp/1a6eb8f2717d/spacetime This is a map of the multiverse. […]

How Luminiferous Aether Led to Relativity

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime Check out the Space Time Merch Store https://pbsspacetime.com/ Sign up for the mailing list to get episode notifications and hear special announcements! https://mailchi.mp/1a6eb8f2717d/spacetime As the 19th century came to a close, physicists were feeling pretty satisfied with the state of their science. […]

How We Know The Universe is Ancient

Sign Up on Patreon to get access to the Space Time Discord! https://www.patreon.com/pbsspacetime Check out the Space Time Merch Store https://pbsspacetime.com/ Sign up for the mailing list to get episode notifications and hear special announcements! https://mailchi.mp/1a6eb8f2717d/spacetime The universe is precisely 13.8 billion year old – or so our best scientific methods tell us. But how […]