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Jun 15, 2021
The Disordered Cosmos
Play • 16 min
Maddie talks with physicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein about her new book,
The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred
. In the episode, we talk quarks (one of the building blocks of the universe), intersectionality and access to the night sky as a fundamental right.
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