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Produced By Aaron Ferguson

Nov 6, 2020

Welcome to episode 63!

Today Zach interviews Astrophysicist, Author and Podcaster, Dr. Brian Keating. Dr. Keating wrote the book, "Losing The Nobel Prize", in which he recounts his designing and directing a Nobel-worthy physics experiment called BICEP.

He talks about why he and his team fell short of winning the prize (although the experiment itself was very successful), and how he later came to realize that pining for the Nobel Prize actually detracted from the reasons he became a physicist in the first place-- namely, to contribute to the betterment of humanity.

Zach and Brian talk about the allure of the Nobel Prize and the reasons why the prize, itself, hampers human progress, and they talk about similar counter-productive incentive structures in k-12 schools.

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