Colin McEnroe Show: The Light & Dark Side Of Neutrinos

Neutrinos already wrote a review of this episode, and they said it was "quarky".

Image
monado, Flickr Creative Commons
Colin McEnroe Show: The Light & Dark Side Of Neutrinos
Download Audio
Audio Playlist
Colin McEnroe Show: The Light & Dark Side Of Neutrinos

If you're anything like me, your knowledge of neutrinos goes something like this:

  • They are extremely small. Smaller than other really small things.
     
  • John Updike wrote a poem about them.

There's something inherently funny about them. It might be their name. It might be something more than that. And then maybe you saw the coverage of the experiment in which neutrinos appeared to move faster than light.

This led to a whole bunch of borscht belt neutrino jokes:
The bartender says, "We don't get a lot of neutrinos in here." A neutrino walks in a bar.

Because if you go faster than light, time goes backward.
Maybe you had to be there. In the CERN partical accelerator.

Like all jokes, these concealed a certain amount anxiety. If the neutrinos really did this, a lot of what we "know" is wrong.

Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us@wnprcolin.

  

Comments

EMAIL FROM TOM:

Colin: You lucky sonofabitch! Well, to rephrase a bit, I am so grateful to NPR for embracing the type of programming exhibited on your program, and to you and your staff for wanting to do this kind of extended and enlightening interview.

Having spent several years doing talk radio at WATR in Waterbury, where the instruction was "get 'em on, get 'em off," I am in awe of your ability to have an extended conversation with the likes of Dr. Kaku. The program was wonderful, though I was somewhat surprised that the recent news of the Higgs' boson didn't come up. I do realize that a topic, which could easily be explored for hours, must fit within the allotted time frame. It would be terrific if he (and others similarly brilliant and knowledgeable) could be regularly invited.

Best to you and your staff,

Tom

P.S. Though no one would ever accuse me of being much informed about music, I did think Chion's writing and rendition were wonderful.