Sean Carroll on “The Life Scientific”

You can listen for free to this 27-minute BBC podcast (and download it)  in which Jim Al-Khalili interviews Sean Carroll on cosmology. There’s no direct link, but go to the page by clicking on the screenshot, while you’ll find it at the top.

(Note: the second reader’s comment below gives a link to the direct download.)


Carroll at the LogiCal 2017 conference a few weeks ago (photo by me):


h/t: Kevin


  1. Charles Phillips
    Posted February 7, 2017 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    The Life Scientific is a fantastic podcast, the Neil DeGrasse Tyson one the other week was really good.

    • Simon Hayward
      Posted February 7, 2017 at 9:31 am | Permalink

      I agree, there have been many interesting guests many probably not widely known outside in their own fields (or at least not people that I had heard of), plus the Paul Nurse’s Larry Krauss’s and NDTs, but nearly all with interesting histories and perspectives.

      Available through iTunes and I’m sure everywhere that free podcasts are sold 🙂

  2. serendipitydawg
    Posted February 7, 2017 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Should it happen to disappear from the front page the download button is here.

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted February 7, 2017 at 11:34 am | Permalink

      Don’t forget to turn the volume up to eleven 😉 – don’t you just love the BBC!

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted February 9, 2017 at 3:44 am | Permalink

        Having just paid my TV license, I have to agree.

  3. Posted February 7, 2017 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Jim Al-Khalili has presented some excellent documentaries on the BBC: I hope they are shown elsewhere.

  4. bric
    Posted February 7, 2017 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Rather nice that Mr Carroll says he had doubts about Christianity from an early age, but definitively became an atheist while studying theology at a Catholic university

    • Amy
      Posted February 8, 2017 at 3:38 pm | Permalink


  5. Posted February 7, 2017 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    In an interview Sean Carroll mentioned a song from 1971 “The Only Way” that made him question belief – part of the lyrics are “Can you believe God makes you breathe? Why did he lose Six million Jews?”.

    It was my favorite band as a teen – wonder if any old people here remember this?

  6. leonkrier
    Posted February 7, 2017 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this podcast!

    Carroll has a talent for clarity, fluidity and humility in communicating these challenging concepts to the layperson. I would love to be the proverbial fly-on-the-wall in one of his classes.

  7. GBJames
    Posted February 7, 2017 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    I always enjoy listening to Sean Carroll.

  8. Dale Franzwa
    Posted February 8, 2017 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Shawn is an interesting fellow but I wish I could meet him sometime and actually talk about the origin of the universe. I would like to know if he is familiar with the Zero Energy Universe (Free Lunch theory) and what he thinks of it. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have a smart phone or iPhone so I can’t go that route. Well, we don’t always get what we want.

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