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Books:  Leaves of Grass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, A Short Stay in Hell, The Path, Material World, The Tennis Partner, Beloved, Sailing Alone Around the World, The Hiding Place, Two Years Before the Mast, Working, All Creatures Great and Small, Understanding Comics, Envisioning Information, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Dark Nights of the Soul, Grand Central Winter, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Sum, Leap
Magazines:  Wired, Seed, Life, Colors, NYTimes Magazine, Technology Review, Good, The Sun, Esquire, The Economist, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Lapham's Quarterly, National Geographic, Fast Company, Foreign Affairs, Cabinet, Foreign Policy, NPQ, Outside
Film:  Baraka, The Up Series, Boyhood, Finding Vivian Maier, Silent Light, The Bothersome Man, Tell No One, Hoop Dreams, Limitless, My Dinner With Andre, Devil's Playground,  Sherman's March, Groundhog Day, Stone Reader
Radio:  Fresh Air, This I Believe, Diane Rehm, BBC
Music:  Gregorian Chant, Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, Albinoni Adagio in G Minor
TV:  Black Mirror, Six Feet Under, The Returned, Foyle's War, 60 Minutes, GPS, Charlie Rose, Mad Men, Planet Earth, A Glorious Accident, Connections, Turning Point
Art:  Van gogh, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Gauguin, Dale Chihuly, Chuck Close, Rembrandt, Brodsky & Utkin, kozyndan, Ron Mueck, Gustave Doré, Degas, Gustav VigelandErnst Haeckel,  Ward Shelley, Norman Rockwell, Gerard Michel,  Nicholas Felton, Sarah Simblet, Andy Gilmore, David Pearson, James Gilray, Albrecht Durer, Jean-Jacques Sempe, Mark Lombardi, Stefanie Posavec, Bouguereau, Tyler Lang, Keri Smith, Kerr/Noble, Bernini, Dan McCarthy, Thomas Hart Benton, Richard Wilkinson, Andy Goldsworthy, Stephen Wiltshire, Kelly Vivanco
Photography:   Howard Schatz, Chip Clark, Peter Menzel, Nicholas Nixon, Andrew Zuckerman, Massimo Vitali, Andrew Moore, Toni Frissell, Jan Reurink, Rachel Papo, Raul Gutierrez, Eric Lafforgue, Steve McCurry, Andreas Feininger, Eugene Smith, Ansel Adams, Eadweard Muybridge, Eve Arnold, Edward Burtynsky, Arnaud Frich, Patric Shaw, Giancarlo Rado, Ahmet Ertug, Lennart Nilsson, Mark Laita, G Dan Mitchell, Nina Leen, Thomas Wrede, Antonio Guillen, Lauren Greenfield, Mark Mahaney, Brent Stirton, Ernst Haas, Ivor Prickett, Bernhard Edmaier
Architecture:  Sagrada Familia, Thorncrown Chapel, Kölner Dom, Hallgrímskirkja, Guggenheim Bilbao, Church at Firminy, Sydney Opera House, Selexyz Bookstore, The Vatican, Beinecke Library, Hamilton College Unified Science Center, Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Hagia Sophia, The Alhambra
Ideas:  Steven Berlin Johnson, Kevin Kelly, Fareed Zakaria, George Friedman, Jason Kottke, Jonathan Harris, Matt Haughey, Cory Booker, Blaise Aguera y ArcosTerry Gross, Simon Schama, Rex Sorgatz, Juan Enriquez, Ray Kurzweil, Robert Cringely, Philip Greenspun, Maria Popova, Robert Gates, Malcolm Gladwell, Bill Bryson, Roger Ebert, Richard Branson, Chet Raymo, John Brockman, Bill Gates, Atul Gawande, Richard Saul Wurman, Caterina Fake, Ze Frank, Robert Wright, Tyler Cowen, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Craig Venter, Jorn Barger, James Burke, Alan de Botton, Manuel Lima, Sam Harris, Niall Ferguson, David Eagleman, E.O. Wilson, Albert Laszlo-Barabasi, Francis Collins, James Gleick, Douglas Hofstadter, Amy Chua, Mike Mullen, Craig Barrett, Mario Vargas Llosa, Daniel Gilbert, Jonathan Haidt, Tim O'Reilly, Edward Tufte, Theodore Zeldin, Elon Musk, Sebastian Junger, Francis Fukuyama, Anand Mahindra, Paul Bloom, Peter Diamandis, Michio Kaku, Eric Lander, George Church, Chris Glass, David Byrne, Stephen Wolfram, Robert Pinsky, Bryan Alvarez, Jason Silva, Dexter Filkins, Jeff Hawkins, Chris Hadfield, Lincoln Cannon
Ideas: Socrates, Seneca, Shakespeare, Montaigne, Erasmus, Spinoza, Newton, Smith, Hume, Mill, Goethe, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Blake, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Douglass, Lincoln, Darwin, Freud, Wittgenstein, Einstein, Sartre, Beckett, Borges
Subjects:  Art, History, Maps, Timelines, Visualization, Evolution, Religion, Mathematics, Medicine, Science, Technology, Philosophy
Quotations:
“There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”   --Charles Darwin
"....no man who ever lived liked so many things and disliked so few as Walt Whitman. All natural objects seemed to have a charm for him; all sights and sounds, outdoors and indoors, seemed to please him."    --Richard Bucke
 "All collected data had come to a final end. Nothing was left to be collected. But all collected data had yet to be completely correlated and put together in all possible relationships. A timeless interval was spent doing that."
--Isaac Asimov
"When you are put into the Vortex you are given just one momentary glimpse of the entire unimaginable infinity of creation, and somewhere in it a tiny little mark, a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, which says, "You are here."  --Douglas Adams

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What Makes Quantum Computing Powerful?

Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize technology. Quantum particle states called qubits would take us far beyond the processing power of zeroes and ones. But qubit processing is based on probability, not certainty, which means every answer you get might actually be wrong. On our show today is Dr. Ed Hach, an Assistant Professor of Physics at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He’s going to tell us how to make sense of data generated by qubits and explain how it could be useful and how it might not. In the second half of our show we’ll talk about the physical constants of the universe and whether they change over time.

Host: Brian Koberlein
Guest: Ed Hach
Producer: Mark Gillespie
Music: Marcus Warner

The One Universe at a Time Podcast is produced at the Rochester Institute of Technology with support from the RIT College of Science.
What is a quantum computer and how does one work? What are the physical constants, and do they change over time?
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Why do we reduce great discoveries to epiphany myths?
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My preferred environment is indoors, semi-dark, with more than a hint of Tennessee sour mash whisky.
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"We still talk about the British conquering India, but that phrase disguises a more sinister reality. It was not the British government that seized India at the end of the 18th century, but a dangerously unregulated private company headquartered in one small office, five windows wide, in London, and managed in India by an unstable sociopath – Clive."
The long read: For a century, the East India Company conquered, subjugated and plundered vast tracts of south Asia. The lessons of its brutal reign have never been more relevant
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