The STEM Read Podcast - Devs, Determinism, and Maybe-Dead Cats

Mar 13, 2020

In this episode of the STEM Read Podcast, host Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile) interviews author and filmmaker Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation) about his latest project, a mind-bending, tech-centric television series, Devs, and how he creates stories to satisfy his own curiosity about science and technology.

Then Gillian is joined by physicist Rebecca C. Thompson (@mathlete79) to unpack Devs’ topics of quantum mechanics and determinism. Rebecca is head of the Office of Education and Public Outreach at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. She is also the creator of the Spectra comic book series and author of Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones. She’ll give us a crash course in quantum computing, refresh our memories about Schrödinger's Cat, and share her take on the science behind Devs.

We interviewed Alex Garland at C2E2. Special thanks to C2E2 and FX for making the interview possible!

Northern Illinois University’s STEM Read is part of the NIU STEAM family of programs that explore science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. Find more great books, lesson plans, and resources at stemread.com. 

The STEM Read Podcast is produced in collaboration with WNIJ.

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