Dr Chanda Prescod-Weinstein - The Disordered Cosmos

Season 1

Dr Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is a theoretical cosmologist and a campaigner for inclusion in physics. She is an assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire and is working on the NASA Strobe-x mission. Dr Prescod Weinstein recently received the 2021 Edward A. Bouchet Award from the American Physical Society, in recognition "For contributions to theoretical cosmology and particle physics. The Disordered Cosmos, A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred is available now

You can find Chanda at and on Twitter

People, Articles, and Organisations Mentioned:

Books Mentioned:

  • Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Emma Byrne, How To Build a Human: The Art of Parenting Like a Scientist
  • Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time
  • Kurt Kohlstedt & Roman Mars, The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design
  • Brian Keating, Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor
  • Steven Weinberg, The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe

Episode transcript available here (Google doc)

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- Guest: Dr Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

- Episode Producer: Emma Byrne

- Series Exec Producers: Emma Byrne and Georgie Codd

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