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Chaos of Delight – Episode 19

Charles Darwin wrote wonderful sentences, beautiful books and fabulous phrases and one of my favourite is when he describes his mind being a 'Chaos of Delight' after seeing many of the splendid lifeforms in a Brazilian forest.  And we have asked everyone who's been involved in this App when they experience that 'Chaos of Delight.' - Robin Ince


I am interested in these fundamental ideas about the underlying quantum structure of space-time.


I think that evidence that the universe was undergoing this accelerated expansion was really a red letter day for me in the sense that the regimes at which the physics that I work on plays a role, an important role, they’re so extreme that some people can start to feel that it’s so…they start to feel pessimistic that we can actually get our hands on experimental evidence and data for it.


I mean, I am interested in these fundamental ideas about the underlying quantum structure of space-time for their own reason, I mean, even if there weren’t experiments and observational predictions and data on the horizon I would still be interested in it.  So I would still feel that it was a worthwhile thing to explore but, well…because I would be hopeful that there would be predictions and possible observations in the future, but it’s fantastic thing to see that your ideas have experimental consequences which you can go out and check and they can be verified.  So that really was a special thing, I mean it was something that has boosted my confidence that the direction that I’m working in - and others, my colleagues are working in - is a fruitful one and, yeah, I think I would choose that as something really special.