JQI Podcast Episode 6
Solving the mystery of blackbody radiation brings on the quantum revolution. Phil Schewe, Emily Edwards, and Steve Rolston discuss this pivotal moment for modern physics. 2006 Nobel Prize laureate John Mather discusses how his work relates to blackbody radiation. (This audio was recorded prior to the announcement of the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics. For information on how blackbody relates to the Nobel Prize, see related links)
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