Big Picture Science - For Good Measure
(Repeat) The reign of Le Grand K has come to an end.
After 130 years, this hunk of metal sitting in a Parisian vault will no longer
define the kilogram. The new kilogram mass will be defined by Planck’s
constant, joining three other units for redefinition by fundamental
constants. But as we measure with increasing
precision – from cesium atomic clocks to gravity waves 1000th the width of a proton – is something fundamental lost along the way? Meanwhile, the BiPiSci team accepts the banana-measurement challenge.
- Jon Pratt – Mechanical engineer and engineer and Chief of the Quantum Measurement Division of the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
- Wolfgang Ketterle – Physicist at MIT, Nobel Laureate
- Simon Winchester – Author of “The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World”
This repeat podcast originally aired on September 9, 2019
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