Everything We Learned from the Reddit AMA with Brian Cox and Robin Ince

“There is no shame in not knowing about science, but there is in not wanting to know. “


 

We learned a little about who they are…

 

How they met….

“We met years ago in a cafe in London where Brian was playing the song of Bon Jovi on a keyboard to entertain diner’s in a soft rock themed restaurant while I was a roller blading waiter. One busy day, I collided in to his keyboard with such force that Brian though he might have seen evidence of why the universe has mass, one thing led to another, and thus the podcast.”

 

Brian’s secret to never aging via Robin…

“He sucks the lifeblood out of me. Every time we do a show, I look 4 years older and his hair is smoother and fuller. I was 23 when we began the series 5 years ago, I am now 106.”

 

How to go against the stigma that science isn’t cool…

“I tell anyone who tells me that science isn’t cool that I feel sorry for them, and ask them to refrain from using any of the products of science in the future, including antibiotics. If that doesn’t work I slap them around the head with a copy of Newton’s Principia.”

 

 

Of course we learned a little about science…

 

Brian’s favorite “fact” about the universe…

“If we put aside for the moment that ‘fact’ is a tricky idea in science, because everything is provisional – then the current idea from inflationary cosmology that the Universe may have been around a  (long?) time before the Big Bang is fascinating.”

 

What science theory is most often misunderstood….

“Quite often it is the theory of evolution as it currently is…”

 

Where to start when it comes to understanding science….

“Richard Feynman once answered this – he said the concept of atoms – that there are a limited collection of building blocks (we know that there are 12 matter particles, four forces and the Higgs particle) out of which everything else is made.  Although I suppose even more fundamental is the scientific method itself – which boils down to testing everything you say against nature.”

 

And about the Infinite Monkey Cage Live show…

 

How Robin makes it easy for every audience to understand science…

“The useful weapon we have is that I am not very clever, so the show always has to be easy enough for me to understand.”

 

A little about the IMC guests…

“I was worried to see that Brian was more impressed by seeing Patrick Stewart’s communicator badge than a genuine meteorite sample… I also love seeing the great writer Alan Moore confounding Brian, as he is a self declared wizard and we don’t have many of those on science shows, and it is always a joy to see a particle physicist being beaten in an argument by a wizard.”

 

Plans for the US Infinite Monkey Cage live show…

“We are planing on a mix of stand up, mini lectures, some celebrations of Feynman, and panels including the likes of Neil deGrasse Tyson.”