Podcast Uncertainty Principle Podcast

Uncertainty Principle Podcast – Episode 5: Eulogy for Emmy

Portrait of Emmy Noether before 1910. Publisher: Mathematical Association of America, Brooklyn Museum , Agnes Scott College

I didn’t mean for a big gap from episode 4 (“Dangerous Beauty”), but COVID-19 and the reality of digital teaching intervened. A lot has happened since that episode. Here, in the conclusion of this two-part series on symmetry, I reflect on the realities we face in going back to school, in-person, in the middle of an exploding pandemic. I look at what happens when inadequate medical support meets human mortality, and the loss of genius that happens in the resulting mess. Let’s explore these themes through a particularly brilliant lens: Amalie Emmy Noether.

Show Notes

By Stephen Sekula

Professor of Physics. Department Chair. Higgs Hunter. Computational Physicist. Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. B.S. from Yale University.