Ep: 116 - Dr. Brian Keating, PhD. is a professor of physics at the Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS) in the Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. He is a public speaker, inventor, and an expert in the study of the universe’s oldest light, the cosmic microwave background (CMB), using it to learn about the origin and evolution of the universe. He has written for many publications including Scientific American and is about to be the first speaker from the hard sciences at Prager U. Brian bravely counters much of scientific academia where he believes the overwhelming majority of scientists are atheists and "hardcore leftists" and their beliefs actually impact the politics of science. How does this effect scientific findings and those who are awarded?
His latest book, Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor where Brian "provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize, instead of advancing scientific progress, may actually hamper it, encouraging speed and greed while punishing collaboration and bold innovation. In a thoughtful reappraisal of the wishes of Alfred Nobel, Keating offers practical solutions for reforming the prize, providing a vision of a scientific future in which cosmologists may, finally, be able to see all the way back to the very beginning."
Follow Brian Keating on Twitter @DrBrianKeating and his excellent website BrianKeating.com.
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Out Music: She Blinded Me With Science (acoustic), Thomas Dolby.