The Bookshelf Odyssey Podcast

There are No Stupid Questions in Science... Right? | Interview with Leah Elson

February 27, 2023 Art the Bookworm Season 2 Episode 56
The Bookshelf Odyssey Podcast
There are No Stupid Questions in Science... Right? | Interview with Leah Elson
Show Notes

 Who says science has to be boring? 

Hello, in today's episode of the Bookshelf Odyssey Podcast, I interview scientist and author Leah Elson. She is the writer of the forthcoming book "There are (No) Stupid Questions in Science". We have a fun conversation about her journey as a scientist and author, how she found her passion for explaining science in a fun way, and then we cover the really important questions like - how does the science hold up in films like "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania" vs. "Interstellar"; is time travel possible?; And most important of all, why do men have nipples? As you can see, we cover only the really important sciencey questions here... 

From elephant poop to what is the one thing in science that leaves us in absolute amazement, I know you will enjoy my conversation with Leah - this was one of the most educational and fun interviews I've done so far! 

Find more from Leah Elson here: 

Time Stamps 
00:00 Introduction, in which we start off talking about Elephant Poop. 
03:30 What Have We Been Reading Lately 
08:08 A Brief History of Leah Elson, scientist by day, explainer of things by night 15:00 The objective truth of science 
19:24 There are no stupid questions in science… right? 
23:04 Women in Science and the challenges of her career 
29:16 Favorite Scientists 
31:30 Best books on science 
32:27 Quantumania - and Antman!, Time Travel, and other sciencey questions. 
38:16 Movies that get the science right 
41:36 What future projects will you be working on 
43:20 …so why DO men have nipples? 
45:44 What is one thing about science that leaves you in absolute amazement? 

Books Mentioned: 
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus 
The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene Atomic Habits by James Clear 
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout 
Buried by Ellison Cooper 
Dexter Series by Jeff Lindsay 
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking 
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Neil deGrasse Tyson
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