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Beginning of the Universe

Joel Primack, Distinguished Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz, describes the emergence of the universe, the universe’s expansion, and the formation of the first elements, stars, and galaxies. This conversation also includes explanations of cold dark matter and dark energy.
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2015; 2011
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The Birth of the Solar System

Craig Kochel, Geology Department, Bucknell University, describes the evolution of our solar system and its planets. Included in this conversation are the origins of the Moon, the creative dynamism of plate tectonics, and the impact of geology on Earth’s biology.
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2015; 2011
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Galaxies Forming

Todd Duncan, Science Integration Institute, Portland, and Joel Primack, Distinguished Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz, explore the formation of galaxies from the hot, energetic state of the early universe. These interviews cover topics ranging from the shapes of galaxies to the formation of the Milky Way.
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2015; 2011
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The Emanating Brilliance of Stars

Joel Primack, Distinguished Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz and Todd Duncan, Science Integration Institute, Portland, describes the emergence and death of stars. They trace the elements found in all life on Earth, including those found in our bodies, back to supernova explosions.
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2015; 2011