This episode Alexandra Lamont asks NPL standards expert Jonathan Williams “where are you going with that massive silicon ball?” and other pressing questions about kilograms, seconds, mols and candelas. Martin Zaltz Austwick is this week’s biscuit sourcer and audio sourcerer.
Sociologist Emily Dawson asks Music Psychologist Alexandra Lamont why Bourdieu, Jolene and Natalie Merchant make her cry. Extra long episode of Brain Train this time, as host and editor Martin Zaltz Austwick could not bring himself to cut out any more fascinating music chat. Saucer of biscuits Alice Bell was otherwise engaged, Brain Train went hungry.
Back after a lengthy hiatus, Brain Train returns as whizz physicist Jo Cole asks Science Education expert Emily Dawson why there aren’t more women whizz physicists. Martin Zaltz Austwick provides the experimental control as a stereotypical white male physicist whose childhood obsession with Levar Burton propelled him into science.
In which Geneticist Vincent Plagnol wonders out loud what on earth a Higgs Boson is and why do physicists need to keep on doing experiments now they’ve found it, and Particle Physicist Jo Cole is more than happy to tell him. Alice Bell helms (and provides jaffa cakes).
Castle expert Jeremy Ashbee wants to understand genetics, evolution and identity – and geneticist Vincent Plagnol has the insight to fuel this episode of Brain Train, helped by usefully simple-minded interjections from this week’s host, Martin Zaltz Austwick.
Today the Brain Train takes a detour through Wales, admiring its palaces, fortifications and English occupiers. Jeremy Ashbee is King of Castles and Shiloh Fetzek is the dirty rascal. Hosted by Alice Bell, who manages not to bring “castle toilets” into the discussion.
“How was Miss Smilla’s Sense of Snow influenced by the political effects of climate change in Greenland?” I hear you ask. Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen is asking that question too and it’s up to Shiloh Fetzek to shout answers from the footplate of the speeding Brain Train, hosted by Martin Zaltz Austwick.